The NYPD announced Thursday that they’ve arrested Pedro Hernandez in the death of 6-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared 33 years ago today.
Hernandez, 51, is a former Manhattan store clerk who lived in Patz’s neighborhood when the boy was killed. Hernandez told detectives he lured Patz into the basement of his store with a soda, choked him and disposed of his body in the trash.
No physical evidence or motive have been revealed at this time. Police say they were acting on a tip, and now have a written, signed confession by Hernandez in addition to 3.5 hours of video-taped statements.
Hernandez is expected to be arraigned later this morning.
The Patz family has been kept up to date with all of the developments. Police say Mr. Patz was surprised but “handled it well” after everything he’s been through.
“After Etan” author Lisa Cohen weighs in on this development in the case on Starting Point today, saying she is not convinced that Hernandez is the killer.
“I’d never heard his name before today,” Cohen explains.