Chanel Lewis was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday for the rape and murder of Karina Vetrano. The victim is also known as the “Queens Jogger.” She was raped and murdered while jogging at Spring Creek Park on August 2, 2016, in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, New York.
The NYPD has previously stated that Chanel Lewis appears to have hated women and hated white people.
Lewis is black and the victim is white. Lewis told the NYPD that he didn’t like the residents of Howard Beach, which is a well-known white enclave.
The NYPD also says that the killer refused to talk to a white detective twice. However, he agreed to talk when a black detective was sent into the interrogation room. He then gave the black detective a detailed statement.
Howard Beach is 86% non-Hispanic white and 1% black. Overall, Queens is only 26% non-Hispanic white and 21% black. Lewis lives in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. This neighborhood is 64% black and only 1% non-Hispanic white. The killer left his black/Latino enclave and traveled to a white enclave to target someone for this horrific murder.