An 8-year old Brooklyn boy whose remains were found overnight may have been killed by a man he approached for directions after losing his way home from summer camp.
Levi Aron, a 35 year old Brooklyn man who has no previous connection to the victim, has been taken into custody as a prime suspect in the apparent murder, but has not yet been officially charged. Aron made statements implicating himself in Liebby Kletzky's death, and pointed police towards the boy's remains when they searched his apartment.
He has no excuse, an unnamed source told the Daily News. He doesn't know why he did it.
The remains of Leibby Kletzky, a Hasidic Jewish boy, were found in two separate places - Aron's apartment and a nearby trash bin. The remains in the trash bin had first been put into a red suitcase.
Police discovered the first set of dismembered remains in Aron's refridgerator. Aron lives alone in his apartment, which is in the same building as his parent's apartment. The building is around the corner from Public School 17.
Leibby left Boyan Day Camp on 44th Street and 12th Avenue in Borough Park around 5 p.m. Monday, with plans to meet his mother. But surveillance video shows that he was later at 44th Street and 15th Avenue, which was not part of the route he would have taken to meet his mother.
The video shows Leibby conversing with Aron, who was seen leaving a dentist's office. Police later tracked down the dentist at his home in New Jersey, and office records provided enough information to track the suspect down.
Aron is Jewish, but it is not clear if he is Hasidic, or Orthodox. Leibby's parents did not know the man, who lives about a mile from the Kletzky family.
The Borough Park area of Brooklyn has a strong Hasidic Jewish population. Orthodox and Hasidic Jews tend to live in concentrated communities, in part because Shabbos - which is celebrated on Saturday - prevents the operation of any electronics or machinery.
Instances of violence and murder within Hasidic communities are extremely rare. The man being questioned has no criminal record except for one instance of public urination.
This is a no-crime area, State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, whose district includes the area, told the Associated Press.
Hikind said that Liebby was the only son in the Kletzy family, and leaves behind four sisters along with his parents.
New York City Police Commisioner Ray Kelly described the tragedy as every parent's nightmare.