Police in the US have taken the unusual step to release the photo of a young teen who they are trying to track down after a university student was found murdered.
Tessa Majors, 18, was found dead from stab wounds in New York’s Morningside Park on December 11, local media reports.
Authorities believed a 14-year-old suspect was going to surrender earlier this week but when he failed to show, police fanned out across Manhattan to look for him.
Investigators were led to the teen by a 13-year-old boy, accused of being involved in the young woman’s death. In court he confessed to handing his knife to a friend who stabbed Ms Majors.
He’s been charged with second-degree murder, first and second-degree robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.
According to the New York Post, a 14-year-old jumped from a moving car after he and an adult were set to meet police to discuss the incident. He then fled to Harlem.
On Saturday, NYPD released photos of the 14-year-old. It’s believed he may have been the teen responsible for stabbing Ms Majors.
NYPD Detective Wilfredo Acevedo told a hearing on Tuesday, local time, that the 13-year-old claimed he was with two other teens in the park and they were there to “rob someone”.
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The detective told the court one of the boys grabbed Ms Majors from behind while another stabbed her.
Officer Ena Lewis said she gave CPR to a gasping Ms Majors as she lied facedown on the ground, her face covered in blood. She succumbed to her injuries not long after.
A third boy, 14, has been questioned by police but has since been released.
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