The police have arrested a 17-year-old for the fatal stabbing that occurred in Chintatown two weeks ago.
The 17-year-old suspect, Victor Fong, was charged with second-degree murder after showing up at the Fifth Precinct station on Monday to surrender, with his lawyer.
The victim of the stabbing was 18-year-old Nelson Rafael Pena, who was coming home from work at the Local Foot Locker on November 18, when he was attacked by Fong, and brutally stabbed in the leg and chest. Pena’s friend, who was with them at the time, was also reportedly stabbed in the neck, but survived.
Investigators say the assault was not gang related.
On November 18, Mr. Pena and his friend were walking near Hester and Forsyth Street around 6 p.m., when they were attacked by two men they had a confrontation with a short time before. Police say that the stabbing was indeed over some type of dispute, although they do not know over what. Relatives of Mr. Pena said they learned that the attackers were upset “over a look.”
Parents and friends say Mr. Pena was athletic, and loved his job at Foot Locker in SoHo. Pena had grown up on Broome Street behind the Seventh Precinct station and was the middle child in a family of three boys and four girls.
“My son doesn’t carry weapons,” said Pena’s mother, Ms. Vasquez, in an interview. “He never had a chance to defend himself. He was a good kid.”