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Tuesday
Mar052013

Suspect in Brooklyn Hit and Run Wants to Turn Himself In

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The suspect wanted in the hit-and-run death of a Brooklyn couple and their baby says he is ready to turn himself in, but still remains on the lam from police, according to ABC News' WABC-TV in New York, which reached him by phone.

Julio Acevedo, 44, said he was fleeing gunfire when he hit the livery cab carrying Nachman Glauber and his pregnant wife Raizel, both 21, around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

"This why I am willing to turn myself in, because my heart goes out to all of those people that's feeling like I'm so much of a bad guy and I'm really not. I did not know that occurred until I seen the news. Once I seen the news, I said I have to get my attorney ready before I turn myself in," he said.

Cops say Acevedo, 44, fled on foot after slamming his BMW into the couple's car, instantly killing Nachman Glauber and sending Raizel and their unborn child to the emergency room.

Raizel Glauber died after delivering the baby via C-section. The baby boy, just 7 months old, briefly survived the ordeal, but died Monday morning.

Acevedo has a lengthy criminal history, including manslaughter and drunk driving, police said Tuesday.

Acevedo was identified by at least one witness who helped him out of the wreckage of his car and was snapped by a photographer when he returned to the scene in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, police told ABC News.

Police believe Acevedo briefly hid out at a friend's home before fleeing the area, according to WABC-TV.

As the dragnet expands, new details about Acevedo's past have emerged.

Acevedo was convicted of manslaughter in 1989 for the shooting death of Kelvin "50 Cent" Marvin two years earlier, according to court records. He was also convicted of robbery and drug possession. The rapper 50 Cent took his name from Marvin's nickname.

Acevedo was released in 1998.

In 2002 he was convicted and served three years supervised probation for possession of a firearm.

As recently as Feb. 17, Acevedo was arrested for drunk driving in Brooklyn and was found to have twice the legal limit of alcohol following a breath test, police confirmed.

Just after midnight on Sunday, the Glaubers were on their way to a hospital to meet Raizel's doctor after the first-time mother complained she was not feeling well.

The livery car they were in was hit with so much force, the engine ended up in the backseat, where the pregnant woman was sitting.

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Wednesday
Nov212012

Gun Recovered from 'John Doe Duffel Bag' in Connection with NY Murders

NYPD(NEW YORK) -- A sawed-off rifle and bloody knife were recovered as detectives continued to question "John Doe Duffel Bag" in connection with the slayings of three Middle Eastern Brooklyn, N.Y., shopkeepers, a police official told ABC News.

The Staten Island, N.Y., man in his 60s was taken into custody Tuesday night following tips to police from Brooklyn residents who recognized him in video recorded near two of three shopkeeper slayings in Brooklyn.

He has not as yet been charged with any crime.

According to officials, a Ruger 10-22 rifle with a sawed-off stock and an improvised combination laser/light attached to its barrel was found Wednesday in a duffel bag belonging to the individual dubbed "John Doe Duffel Bag" by police.

An official said that the weapon uses .22 ammunition consistent with ballistics found at each of the three separate crime scenes where three proprietors were shot and killed at close range in July, August and this past Friday.

The bag also contained .22 caliber ammunition, two knives, "one of which appeared to have blood on it," along with black gloves and women's stockings, the official told ABC News.

The man taken into custody had connections with the clothing business -- and possibly once had a clothing store -- and reportedly carried merchandise in his duffel bag, law enforcement sources said.

Clothing was used to cover the bodies of the murder victims, police have said.

Detectives are still talking to the individual who was captured on video Friday at 6:00 p.m. within a block and a half of the latest crime scene -- a women's boutique on Flatbush Avenue.  The latest victim, Rahmatollah Vahidipour, 78, was killed sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 7:11 p.m. on Friday.

The second video, from Aug. 2, appeared to show "John Doe Duffel Bag" near the Bensonhurst shop where Isaac Kadare was murdered with the same .22 caliber gun that was used to kill Vahidipour, sources told ABC News.

On July 6, clothing store owner Mohamed Gebeli, an Egyptian Muslim, was killed inside Valentino Fashion in Bay Ridge.  Gebeli was shot in the neck and was found with several pieces of clothing on top of him.  Police said $383 in receipts was missing, but $1,500 was found inside a cabinet.

The trio of killings took place within a five-mile radius, each occurred at a small shop that lacked security cameras, and each victim was over 50, police said.  It was not clear whether the victims were robbed.

Rewards of $22,000 in each of the homicides are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crimes.

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Tuesday
Nov202012

'John Doe Duffle Bag' in Custody in Connection with New York City Murders

NYPD(NEW YORK) -- A Staten Island, N.Y., man in his 60s, dubbed "John Doe Duffel Bag," was picked up by police for questioning in connection with a series of shopkeeper slayings, ABC News has learned, following tips to police from residents who recognized him in video recorded near two of three shopkeeper slayings.

He had been sought in connection with the murders of three Brooklyn, N.Y., shopkeepers -- all of whom were of Middle Eastern descent -- senior police officials said.

Officials stressed that the man was not under arrest and was not being called a suspect.

However, he had connections with the clothing business -- and possibly once had a clothing store -- and reportedly carried merchandise in his duffel bag, law enforcement sources said.

Clothing was used to cover the bodies of the murder victims, police have said.

Police picked up the man Tuesday evening near 80th Street and Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, following a tip, according to ABC News sources.

Earlier on Tuesday, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that he had hoped the man would come forward.

"So we can talk about the circumstances going on in the immediate area at that time," Kelly said, referring to the most recent slaying.  New York police had said they wanted to question the man after surveillance tape appeared to place him in the vicinity of two of the murders.

The middle-aged white man was spotted on cameras around 6 p.m. near the She She boutique in the Flatbush neighborhood, where 78-year-old Rahmatollah Vahidipour was found dead at 7:11 p.m. Friday.  Police said he is likely the person captured on fuzzier video from near the site of the second of the three slayings.

The second video, from Aug. 2, appeared to show "John Doe Duffel Bag" near the Bensonhurst shop where Isaac Kadare was murdered with the same .22 caliber gun that was used to kill Vahidipour, sources told ABC News.

The trio of killings took place within a five-mile radius, each occurred at a small shop that lacked security cameras, and each victim was over 50, police said.  It was not clear whether the victims were robbed.

Shell casings from the gun used in Vahidipour's murder match the casings found at two other murders scenes this summer.

Kelly said that in each murder, the killer partially covered the victims with cardboard or clothing.

The FBI has complied with a NYPD request for a profiler to help identify who might have killed these three people.

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Tuesday
May292012

New York Woman Slams Mercedes Through Home into Backyard

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A Brooklyn, N.Y., woman will be arraigned Tuesday on drunk driving charges after she allegedly ran her Mercedes convertible through a Long Island home, taking everything, including the kitchen sink, with her.

The driver, 21-year-old Sophia Anderson, walked away with only a few scrapes and bruises to her face, police said.  A male passenger was also left unscathed from the crash, which occurred Monday at 4:05 a.m.

Anderson failed to turn at a t-intersection, a Suffolk County Police spokesperson told ABC News.  The Brooklyn woman allegedly rammed her Mercedes through the home, causing furniture, a stove and dishes to scatter in the backyard of a 90-year-old woman’s home.

The homeowner and her caretaker were inside the home at the time of the accident, but were uninjured.

“It could have been a lot worse,” a police spokesperson said.

Neighbors said they were jolted awake by the noise of the crash.

“It sounded like a wrecking ball,” neighbor Kimberly Steinberg told the New York Post.  “All I saw was a red glow.  I heard people making noise and glass breaking.”

Anderson refused a breathalyzer test.  She was treated at Huntington Hospital and then booked at the Fourth Precinct.

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Thursday
Aug042011

Levi Aron Competent to Stand Trial in Leiby Kletzky Murder

The casket of 8-year old Leiby Kletzky is carried during a funeral procession on July 13, 2011 in New York City. Ramin Talaie/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Levi Aron, the New York man charged with killing and dismembering 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, has been found competent to stand trial even though he has complained to police of hearing voices.

"Now that Mr. Aron has been found fit to proceed, we will move forward expeditiously to bring his case to trial," said Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

Court records say Aron, 35, told investigators he was hearing voices "telling him to take his own life for what he did."

Lawyers entered a plea of not guilty on Aron's behalf and said the competency ruling does not preclude them from pursuing an insanity defense.

"It means that at the time an act was allegedly committed you did not understand the nature and consequences of the action," said defense attorney Jennifer McCann.

Aron has been accused of killing Kletzky after the boy became lost while walking home from camp. Police have said he confessed to giving the boy drugs, suffocating him with a towel and cutting up his body. Kletzky's remains were found in a suitcase thrown into a dumpster and in Aron's freezer.

Court records say Aron told investigators the victim's feet were in the freezer because he forgot to put them into the suitcase.

Aron is charged with two counts of murder in the first degree, three counts of murder in the second degree, two counts of kidnapping in the first degree and one count of kidnapping in the second degree. If convicted, he faces a maximum of life in prison without parole.

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Thursday
Jul212011

Brooklyn Boy's Alleged Killer Charged with Murder, Kidnapping

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The man accused of killing and dismembering Leiby Kletzky, the 8-year-old Brooklyn boy whose dead body was found last week, was indicted in a New York courtroom Wednesday.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announced that a grand jury handed down an eight-count indictment charging Levi Aron, 35, with two counts of murder in the first degree.  The first-degree murder charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole.

Aron also faces three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping in the first degree and one count of kidnapping in the second degree.

The next court date is set for July 28, when Aron is likely to be arraigned, Hynes said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the New York City medical examiner determined that Kletzky was given a lethal cocktail of drugs and then was smothered.  An autopsy revealed that the boy had traces of a muscle relaxant, cyclobenzaprine; an antipsychotic drug, quetiapine; Vicodin, and Tylenol in his blood.

The medical examiner said Kletzky died from suffocation after being smothered, and ruled the death a homicide.

Kletzky's dismembered body was found on July 13, two days after he was he was allegedly abducted by Aron while walking back home alone from camp the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.  Body parts were found in a refrigerator in Aron's home and inside a suitcase discarded in a dumpster.

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Wednesday
Jul202011

Dismembered Brooklyn Boy Was Drugged, Smothered

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BROOKYLN, N.Y.) -- The Brooklyn boy who was murdered and dismembered last week after being abducted on the street was given a cocktail of drugs and then was smothered, the New York City medical examiner said Wednesday.

Leiby Kletzky, 8, had traces of a muscle relaxant, cyclobenzaprine; an antipsychotic drug, quetiapine; pain medication, and Tylenol in his blood, an autopsy showed. He died from suffocation after being smothered. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

His accused killer, Levi Aron, told police he smothered Leiby with a towel before dismembering the boy's body. Leiby died on July 13, the medical examiner found.

An indictment is expected shortly in the death of Kletzky, who disappeared when he was walking home from camp in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. It was the first time his mother allowed him to walk home alone. His mother planned to meet the boy halfway, but the boy missed a turn and got lost. He asked Aron for help and was not seen again after security cameras spotted the boy walking with Aron towards his car.

The boy's dismembered body was found two days later. Body parts were found in Aron's freezer in the nearby neighborhood of Kensington.

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Friday
Jul152011

Brooklyn Boy's Alleged Killer Is Hearing Voices, Lawyer Claims

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The suspect in the murder and dismemberment of an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy is hearing voices, his lawyer said, and has been placed on suicide watch following his arraignment Thursday on a first-degree murder charge.

Levi Aron, 35, entered a not guilty plea at Brooklyn Criminal Court in the murder of Leiby Kletzky.

Aron's attorney, Pierre Bazile, asked for a psychiatric exam for his client, saying, "I have some serious concerns about the defendant's mental state."  He said that Aron said he was hearing voices.

Aron looked down and was stony-faced and silent during the proceeding.  The attorney asked for his client to be placed on suicide watch, saying, "I'm very concerned for his well-being."

Earlier, when police took Aron out of the precinct house, he ducked as an angry crowd screamed, "Murderer!"

Kletzky was abducted on his way home from camp on Monday.  The child struggled for his life before he was apparently suffocated to death, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Thursday.

Kelly said the medical examiner has not yet established a time of death or definitive cause of death, but that tentatively "it's a result of suffocation."  There is no indication so far of molestation, Kelly said.  There appears to be a ligature mark on the boy's body, suggesting he was tied up.

In his confession, Aron allegedly said he suffocated Kletzky with a towel and then cut up his body.  Kelly indicated that police believe the confession is largely true.

"He has been reasonably forthcoming.  The bulk of what he's said is believed to be correct," he said.

In the confession, Aron talks about finding the boy on the street and asking him if he wanted to come to a wedding and taking him for a ride, Kelly said.  He said the child was in the abductor's custody by 5:40 p.m. on Monday.

Kelly confirmed that Aron went to a wedding in Monsey, an Orthodox community in Rockland County north of New York City, on Monday night, although he could not "say definitively if the boy was with him."

Aron went to work on Tuesday for his usual shift ending at 4:45 p.m. at a hardware store in his Brooklyn neighborhood, Kelly said.  In the confession, Aron said the boy was still there when he returned home, and he made him a tuna sandwich, then panicked when he realized the extent of the search for the child and suffocated him with a towel before dismembering him.

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Thursday
Jul142011

Suspect Confesses to Murder of Brooklyn Boy

Jupiterimages/Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The alleged killer of an eight-year-old Brooklyn, New York boy made a full written confession to authorities of how he smothered the boy with a towel and then dismembered him, sources have confirmed to ABC News.

The confession indicated that 35-year-old Levy Aron had panicked after abducting Leiby Kletzky when he realized the entire neighborhood -- home to a tightly-knit strict sect of religious Jews -- had been searching for the boy, ABC News confirmed.

The Brooklyn district attorney had no comment on the man's confession.

Police on Wednesday arrested Aron, whom Kletsky had asked for directions before his dismembered body was found early Wednesday in two separate locations, including the man's refrigerator, authorities said.

ABC News learned that parts of the confession were graphic, but law enforcement sources would not disclose those details, which included the specifics of the boy's dismemberment and the packing of his body parts.

Sources told ABC that the suspect also made taped admissions.

The two-day search for Kletsky ended early Wednesday when remains believed to be the boy's were found in two Brooklyn locations, two-and-a-half miles from each other.  Body parts were found in a black plastic garbage bag inside of suitcase in a dumpster and in the refrigerator of the third floor attic of the home where Aron lived, police said at a news conference Wednesday morning.

Kletsky was reported missing Monday when he did not meet his mother at a pre-arranged location seven blocks from his camp.  Police say the boy and the mother had gone to the location Friday and she had showed him the route he was to take.

Police say Kletsky left camp at 5:05 p.m. and missed the turn he was to take to meet his mother.  He was lost and asked a stranger, Aron, for directions, police said.  The suspect was reportedly described as wearing "trappings" of the Orthodox Jewish community.

An autopsy of Kletzky's body was begun Thursday morning.

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Wednesday
Jul132011

Brooklyn Boy Murdered, Dismembered; Man Arrested

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Police have arrested the man whom a missing Brooklyn, N.Y., boy had asked for directions before his dismembered body was found Wednesday in two separate locations, including the man's refrigerator, authorities said.

The two-day search ended today when remains believed to be that of Leibby Kletzky, 8, were found early Wednesday in two Brooklyn locations, two and a half miles from each other. Body parts were found in a black plastic garbage bag inside of a suitcase in a dumpster and in the refrigerator of a third floor attic of the home where 35-year-old Levy Aron lived, police said at a news conference.

"It was a very brutal murder," New York Assemb. Dov Hikind told ABC News New York affiliate WABC. "This is the worst possible conclusion imaginable."

Leibby was reported missing Monday when he did not meet his mother at a pre-arranged location seven blocks from his camp. Police say the boy and the mother had gone to the location Friday and she had showed him the route he was to take.

Police say Leibby left camp at 5:05 p.m. and missed the turn he was to take to meet his mother. He was lost and asked a stranger, Aron, for directions, police said. The suspect was reportedly described as wearing "trappings" of the Orthodox Jewish community.

Security video footage shows Leibby speaking to Aron on a corner by his car, police said. Aron then went across the street and entered a building, while Kletzky waited for seven minutes. When Aron returned, the boy and the man got into his car, police said.

Detectives discovered that the building was a dentist's office where Aron went and paid a bill while Leibby waited. After locating one of the dentists at the practice in New Jersey and a receptionist, the man's identity was determined and police went to his house, a three-story home owned by the suspect's father. Aron's parents live on the first floor, his uncle lives on the second and he had been living in the third floor attic apartment, police said.

Police arrived at Aron's apartment at about 2:40 a.m. and found the door slightly ajar. The suspect was standing shirtless in the middle of the room. When asked where the boy was, he pointed toward the kitchen, police said.

There was blood on the refrigerator handle and police found a cutting board and three carving knives inside along with remains that are believed to be the boy's, police said. Aron also directed them to the dumpster where more remains were found, police said.

There is no indication that Aron was connected to the boy or his family in any way prior to this incident, police said.

Thousands of community members, investigators and detectives participated in the search for Leibby Tuesday. The FBI was involved and a $100,000 reward was offered. Police describe the area as a "very safe neighborhood" and call the situation "every parent's nightmare."

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