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Suspect Arrested in Murder of Lower East Side Teen

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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.


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