New York City teen arrested for killing, robbing man for $1 on Christmas Eve

Abu Conteh, 18, was charged with murder and gang assault.

December 31, 2019, 4:18 PM

A New York City teen was arrested Tuesday in the death of a 60-year-old man who was attacked and robbed for $1 on Christmas Eve.

Abu Conteh, 18, was charged with murder and gang assault after video showed him and several other men punching and stomping Juan Fresnada, who later died from his injuries, according to the New York Police Department.

Fresnada was with his husband in the Bronx at around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 24 when at least six suspects approached the men and and demanded money, police said. When they refused, they were attacked, and the suspects fled after pocketing just $1.

PHOTO: A still image taken from a surveillance video provided by NYPD shows suspects in connection to a mugging of a 60-year-old man on, Dec. 24, 2019 in the the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx in New York.
A still image taken from a surveillance video provided by NYPD shows suspects in connection to a mugging of a 60-year-old man on, Dec. 24, 2019 in the the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx in New York. Juan Fresnada died on Dec. 27, at the Bronx hospital where he was taken in critical condition after the mugging, the New York Police Department said. Officers have released surveillance photos and videos in hopes of pinpointing suspects.
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Police released surveillance footage from the scene on Friday that showed one of the suspects swinging Fresnada onto the ground before punching him in the face and stomping him repeatedly. Other suspects also are seen kicking the man while he was on the ground, while another hit him with a metal garbage can.

Fresnada died at a local hospital three days after the brutal assault. Fresnada's husband refused medical attention at the scene, police said.

PHOTO: A still image taken from a surveillance video provided by NYPD shows suspects in connection to a mugging of a 60-year-old man on Dec. 24, 2019 in the the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx in New York.
A still image taken from a surveillance video provided by NYPD shows suspects in connection to a mugging of a 60-year-old man on, Dec. 24, 2019 in the the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx in New York. Juan Fresnada died on Dec. 27, at the Bronx hospital where he was taken in critical condition after the mugging, the New York Police Department said. Officers have released surveillance photos and videos in hopes of pinpointing suspects.
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Conteh was charged with second-degree murder and gang assault in the first and second degree. The NYPD released another video from a nearby surveillance camera that showed the suspect's faces and asked anyone with information to contact the department.

Police reportedly have identified two other men involved in the attack, according to local news outlets, but the NYPD declined to confirm those reports.

ABC News' Christina Carrega contributed to this report.

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