12-year-old in custody after involvement with a 13-year-old boy who is accused of killing Barnard College student
A 13-year-old boy will be charged with the murder of a freshman, Tessa Majors, at Barnard College in Manhattan, who was stabbed at Morningside Park on Wednesday night. A 13-year-old man was caught in a building on Thursday, wearing clothes that matched the suspect’s description.
The police arrested him for criminal search and during the search, he discovered that he was carrying a knife. He later confesses that he and two others killed Major. The sources said the boy told investigators that he and two friends tried to rob Major and stabbed him. Police are now looking for one of the other suspects.
A second person who is 12-years-old is being detained and being interrogated, a police officer told that the person has not been arrested yet. One theory that the police are investigating is that the suspects wanted to rob another person and then tried to rob Tess Major, who resisted, the source said.
Major was stabbed several times shortly before 7 pm in Morningside Park, near West 116th Street. Wednesday local time. She climbed a ladder across the street, where a school security guard found her and called 911 immediately.
According to reports, five people have been robbed on or near the same staircase since June.
Columbia University said in a statement on Thursday: “The public security officer assigned to 116th Street and Morningside Drive was in his position last night when the victim left the park, and she came to his aid shortly after identifying that she was injured.”
According to the New York Police Department, the police called the place and found him unconscious and EMS quickly took him to Mount Sinai St. Luke Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The park is a popular area for many college students, who live near or around Columbia University and Barnard College.