Suspect In 1978 East Harlem Murder Arrested In Connecticut | #teacher | #children | #kids

HARLEM, NY — A man accused of committing a 1978 East Harlem murder was arrested in Connecticut this week, more than 42 years after the unsolved killing, authorities announced.

Leandro Teissonniere, 64, has been charged with second-degree murder, accused of fatally shooting Estaban Vega near the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 109th Street on Dec. 11, 1978.

Teissonniere was arrested without incident 6 a.m. Wednesday at his home in a New Haven, Conn. apartment complex, according to the U.S. Marshals Service, which conducted the operation along with the NYPD and New Haven police.

According to the New York Daily News, the breakthrough came in May, when Teissonniere boarded a Metro-North train in New Haven headed toward Grand Central, approached a conductor and asked how to surrender.

Leandro Teissonniere is accused of fatally shooting Estaban Vega at 1751 Lexington Ave. on Dec. 11, 1978. (Google Maps)

Teissonniere was taken into custody and recounted details about the killing to detectives from East Harlem’s 23rd Precinct, including the victim’s nickname, “Chino,” the Daily News reported.

Teissonniere told police that he shot Vega hours after Vega had attempted to shoot him as part of a robbery attempt during a marijuana deal, according to the Daily News.

Officials said Teissonniere was charged as a fugitive from justice and brought to the New Haven Police Department, with plans to extradite him to New York.


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