Police make arrest in screwdriver stabbing

July 17, 2009 4:38:35 PM PDT
Police have made an arrest in the fatal stabbing of a 13-year-old in Brooklyn. Police have arrested 19-year-old Juan Reyes and charged him with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

The arrest on Friday came just hours before a vigil and anti-violence march was scheduled to take place at the intersection where Miguel Saavedra was stabbed.

The 13-year-old boy was fatally stabbed with a screwdriver after being chased for several blocks through the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn.

Police say Miguel Saavedra was attacked at the corner of East 15th Street and Avenue X just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He was stabbed numerous times with a screwdriver and rushed to Lutheran Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Eyewitness News is told Saavedra and his 12-year-old friend were confronted by a group of teens in a park at East 13th Street and Avenue V.

The boys reportedly ran from the group, with the suspect following them on a bicycle.

The young suspect apparently caught up with his victim blocks later and attacked. He then fled the scene on the bike. He was described as a male Hispanic wearing black shorts.

Police say the victim may have been in an argument with the attacker or a member of his group over the weekend.


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