Transcript for NYPD announces big break in fatal stabbing of Barnard student
Next tonight, a two-week manhunt is over, as police in New York City say they've located a 14-year-old suspect, wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Tessa majors. That Barnard college freshman fatality stabbed at a city park near campus. The teen detained and questioned by authorities and submitting DNA tests before he was released, but police say tonight they believe he is the one who stabbed her. Here's ABC's erielle reshef. Reporter: Tonight, the NYPD announcing that major break in the murder of Barnard college freshman Tessa majors. A 14-year-old on the run for two weeks, who place believe stabbed majors to death, located and questioned, ending a mes salve manhunt that haunted the campus community. The city's chief of detectives tweeting, "This was a significant development. Although he has since been released to the custody of his attorneys, the investigation remains very active." The police stressing lawyers for the teen were present while he was detained. Officials say the 14-year-old was found this morning in the bronx, tracked using electronic surveillance. Brought in, photographed, fingerprinted and swabbed for DNA. Majors apparently fighting back during the apparent mugging, leaving bite marks on one of her attackers. A 13-year-old in custody now facing a felony murder charge, allegedly implicating himself and two other teens from his middle school in the grisly crime. I think it should disturb any new Yorker when we have a child involved in something this serious. Reporter: Attorneys for the 13-year-old cautioning against any rush to judgment, saying, "Our client is a 13-year-old child who is presumed innocent with no juvenile record." All right, erielle joins us now live from the scene where that stabbing took place. And I want to go back to that 14-year-old who was apprehended and released this morning. He's not been charged? Reporter: That's right, Tom. Police say that that 14-year-old, who was detained and then released, has not been charged, pending the outcome of that DNA test. The NYPD is not commenting further. Tom? Erielle reshef with those new developments.
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