Suspect Arrested in Murder of Lower East Side Teen

Hockeem Smith. NYPD Photo.

Police tell us this afternoon that they have made an arrest in the October 16th murder of Lower East Side teen Keith Salgado. 24-year old Hockeem Smith was taken to the 9th Precinct yesterday, where he remains today.  According to an NYPD spokesman, he was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. Smith faces charges of murder, robbery and criminal possession of a firearm.

Salgado was shot and killed two weekends ago, following a game of late night dice at the Campos Plaza public housing development on East 12th Street.  Earlier this week, Crimestoppers released a photo of Smith — and made a plea for information about his whereabouts.

Smith will likely not be arraigned before tomorrow at the earliest.