Police Arrest Suspect in Murder of New York Jogger 6 Months After Her Body Was Found

A suspect is now in custody for the murder of Queens, New York, jogger Karina Vetrano in August 2016.

The alleged suspect is described as being a man in his 20s, living in East New York, and has been a person of interest in the case for a few months, ABC reported early Sunday. Later in the day, the NYPD held a press conference where they identified the suspect as Chanel Lewis, 20.

At the press conference, police said that they do not believe that Lewis knew Vetrano prior to her disappearance. They said he had no prior criminal history aside from some summonses. According to police, Lewis gave a DNA swab to authorities after an interview on Feb. 2. His DNA allegedly matched with DNA found on Vetrano. He has been booked on murder and sexual assault charges, according to police. It is not known how he pleads against the charges or if he has retained an attorney.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Blake Bakkila