Posted 9 days ago
Police in New York City have arrested a suspect in the cold-blooded murder of a 19-year-old Burger King cashier, who was gunned down after handing over $100 during a robbery earlier this week.
The NYPD on Friday announced that a 'person of interest' was in custody in connection with the Sunday morning killing of Kristal Bayron-Nieves.
A police spokesperson declined to release any additional information about the case, but unnamed NYPD sources with direct knowledge of the investigation revealed to NBC New York that the male suspect was apprehended in Brooklyn on Thursday night.
Two senior police officials told the news station that the suspect, who was said to be 30 years old, was caught after police reviewed surveillance video from the scene of the shooting in East Harlem.
Clothing seen on the suspect at the time of the killing was said to have been spotted on his social media pages, and witnesses helped confirm his identity, according to the police sources.
The murder suspect has a criminal history, but its extent is unknown at this time.
Bayron-Nieves's family have been notified of the arrest, which came just hours after a candlelight vigil was held outside the Burger King at East 116th Street and Lexington Avenue, where the cashier was shot dead.
'My family is actually excited that they caught [the suspect],' Bayron-Nieves' cousin, Shiming Nieves, said. 'That's not gonna bring her back or anything, but a little bit of relief and little by little we're gonna be picking up the pieces, to get our family strong again.'
A $20,000 reward had been offered for information leading to an arrest, with half of that amount being put up by billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis, the CEO of the grocery store chain Gristedes.
Prior to Thursday's arrest, Catsimatidis, 73, said he was 'emotionally distraught' when he heard about the death of the Burger King worker.
'This young woman lost her life over $100! I choked up,' he told the New York Post on Tuesday.
The radio host and former Republican candidate for mayor posted an ad offering a '$10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of Bayron-Nieves' killer.
The fatal robbery occurred as New York City's crime rate soars after newly-installed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's controversial decision to downgrade burglary, armed robbery and drug dealing from felonies to misdemeanors.
The number of robberies has since increased by 19.4 percent over the course of the last week, as compared to the same time last year.
Bayron-Nieves was working as a cashier at the fast-food chain when an armed robber entered the restaurant at around 1am.
The gunman pistol-whipped a male customer before punching a female manager in the face.
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