The New York Police Department has arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the kidnapping and killing of a Brooklyn developer, recipe whose body was found smoldering in a trash container at a gas station in Nassau County on Jan. 3.
The suspect, Kendel Felix, of 921 Montgomery Street in Brooklyn, has been charged with second-degree murder, the police said Wednesday night.
Earlier in the day, the police were questioning the suspect. “We’re very pleased with the direction the investigation is now going,” the New York police commissioner, William J. Bratton, told reporters earlier on Wednesday. “Over the last 24 hours, the pace of that investigation has accelerated significantly, and our anticipation is over the next 24 hours that it will continue to accelerate and hopefully draw to a conclusion.”
Mourners at the funeral of the developer, Menachem Stark, described him as a pillar of the Hasidic community. But his finances were in disarray, even as he opened buildings across northern Brooklyn. Court records indicate that he and a business partner had defaulted on major loans.
Mr. Stark, 39, had been abducted as he was leaving his office at 331 Rutledge Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, shortly before midnight. Two kidnappers forced him into a minivan after a struggle that lasted for several minutes, the police said. Mr. Stark’s remains were found at a gas station in Great Neck the next day. An autopsy found that he had died from asphyxiation, indicating that he had probably been suffocated.
By The New York Post