Arrest Made in Central Park Homicide as NYPD Tries to Identify Victim

A sketch of the man found dead on Tuesday in Central Park.

The NYPD is not sure of the identity of the man who was found dead last week next to Lasker Pool in Central Park, and is asking the public for any leads.

The police arrested a 19-year-old named Brayan Suazo for the man’s death, charging him with murder and robbery.

The deceased man is described as Hispanic, 30- to 35-years-old, 5’1″ and 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans and black work boots. The Daily News reported that the man is believed to have been homeless. “He suffered a massive head injury and his body was covered with a blanket when he was found about 10:40 a.m. Tuesday.”

It’s the first homicide in Central Park since 2002.

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    1. Walker Dailey says:

      There are some sketchy-looking characters hanging out in the northwest quadrant of the park, and in the Northwood, on a daily basis.

      Public safety in that part of the park would certainly benefit from some daily foot patrols by police. They don’t see a thing parked down by the ball fields.

    2. B.B. says:

      Have said this before, and am doing so again; late/overnight no small number of people camp out in CP, especially the more remote areas.

      No, LE does not patrol every inch, but how could they? So much cannot be seen from the drives/paths unless officers get out of their vehicles and patrol by foot. Even then they hardly are going to be “beating the bushes” as it were.

      If victim was found first thing early AM, then it seems very likely he and his killer had been in CP before dawn.