The 14-year-old suspect in the stabbing death of Barnard College student Tessa Majors has been released just hours after being taken into custody following a two-week search for him.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison tweeted on Thursday morning that the boy had been found but gave no other details.
Harrison confirmed just hours later that the boy had been questioned and released into the custody of his attorney.
Police had been searching for the teenager since the day after 18-year-old Tessa was attacked in Manhattan’s Morningside Park on December 11.
The 14-year-old suspect (right) in the stabbing death of Barnard College student Tessa Majors (left) has been taken into custody after being on the run for two weeks
The boy has been on the run ever since and bolted from a car on December 15 while being driven to the police station by an adult.
He is one of three youths police believe were involved in the stabbing of Tessa. The teen is allegedly the one who stabbed her.
Police tracked down the teen after taking the unusual step last week of releasing photographs of him but not his name or any other identifying information given he is underage.
‘Earlier today, we announced that we located the 3rd subject in the Tessa Majors Investigation. This was a significant development in the investigative process,’ Harrison tweeted on Thursday.
‘After being taken into custody, his attorneys were present at the 26 precinct for the entire investigative process.
‘Although he has since been released to the custody of his attorneys, the investigation remains very active. Our detectives are the best at what they do and are committed to finding justice for all parties involved.’
A police spokeswoman refused to answer questions about where and how the teen was located.
The New York Times reported he had been picked up in the Bronx.
Of the two other suspects, only one has been charged.
A 13-year-old boy arrested December 13 and charged as a juvenile with felony murder told detectives he was at the park with the other youths but wasn’t the one who stabbed Majors.
Another juvenile suspect was questioned for several hours, also on December 13, but police let him go, Harrison said.
He has declined to say why that boy wasn’t charged.
Majors was stabbed while walking in the park just before 7pm – two days before the start of final exams at Barnard, which is an all-women’s school that is part of the Ivy League’s Columbia University.
She staggered up a flight of stairs to street level and collapsed in a crosswalk.
Her death has troubled city and college leaders, both for its proximity to campus and its apparent randomness.
Majors was stabbed while walking in the park just before 7pm on December 11. She staggered up a flight of stairs to street level and collapsed in a crosswalk
Her death has troubled city and college leaders, both for its proximity to campus and its apparent randomness