Teen suspect in NY student Tessa Majors murder case fled while on the way to meet police, says report

The 14-year-old, who is among three identified suspects, sparked a manhunt in Harlem


                            Teen suspect in NY student Tessa Majors murder case fled while on the way to meet police, says report
People pay tribute at a makeshift memorial for Tessa Majors inside the Barnard campus on December 12, 2019, in New York (AP)

NEW YORK CITY: Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors' 14-year-old suspected killer fled while on his way to meet the cops on December 16, according to a New York Post report.

The teenage suspect sparked a manhunt in Harlem, police sources told the news outlet. At the time he fled, he was with an adult escorting him to meet with the police on December 16. The person with him alerted the police.

Reports suggest that the police are still looking for the teenager, who is among the three identified suspects. Tessa Majors, 18, was stabbed on December 11 in Morningside Park. Deputy Commissioner of Public Information (DCPI) declined to comment to the Post if the suspect had fled.

"The investigation into the homicide is ongoing and active, that's the information that I can share with you," a spokesperson said. The suspect on the run is said to have been the one who brought the knife out. 

Majors' death was suspected to be a robbery gone wrong and was surrounded by controversy after NYPD sergeants' union head Ed Mullins claimed that she was in the Upper Manhattan park buying weed.

Her family slammed the comments and told NBC, "The remarks by Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins we find deeply inappropriate, as they intentionally or unintentionally direct blame onto Tess, a young woman, for her own murder."

"We would ask Mr Mullins not to engage in such irresponsible public speculation, just as the NYPD asked our family not to comment as it conducts the investigation," the statement added.

Mullins had said, "An 18-year-old college student at one of the most prestigious universities is murdered in a park, and what I'm understanding, she was in the park to buy marijuana."

The police have not mentioned any connection of marijuana to the incident and the cause of death was multiple stab wounds on her body. Police described the incident as Majors being in a chokehold as the teens searched her pockets. As she fought back, she also bit one attacker's finger, they said.

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