By Tina Moore
A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors in Morningside Park, a high-ranking source confirmed to The Post on Friday.
The teen confessed to the slaying, saying he and two friends, also juveniles, tried to rob Majors and that one of his pals stabbed her, law enforcement sources said.
The boy was picked up late Thursday afternoon in the lobby of a building close to the park, as police were canvassing for suspects, the high-ranking source said. His clothes matched what cops saw on surveillance footage from the crime scene, the source said.
He had a knife on him at the time, the source said.
Joined by his mother at the 26th Precinct, the boy laid out for investigators what had happened, sources said.
Police charged him with felony murder, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, sources said.
Police are still searching for the other two suspects.
Mayor Bill de Blasio told WNYC host Brian Lehrer on Friday morning, “There’s a lot we cannot say because it might undermine the immediate work to bring these perpetrators to justice.
“But the bottom line is, I am absolutely confident that any individuals involved in this terrible heinous attack will be brought to justice and will be brought to justice quickly.”
Police said Majors was stabbed several times at the base of stairs in Morningside Park near West 116th Street and Morningside Drive in Manhattan around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. She climbed the stairs but collapsed in the view of a school security guard.
Majors was rushed to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, where she died.
Brett Holtz, a junior psychology major at nearby Columbia College, called the murder “really sad.”
“It’s not something that’s expected at all,” he said. “This is finals time, holidays, when people are about to be with their families. [The suspect] is 13. It’s nothing you expect.”
Paulina Pinsky, 27, a writer who went to Barnard as an undergrad and has lived in the area her whole life, said, “I think about that 13-year-old. I think about how desperate he must have been for something.”
If he is convicted, he would face a more lenient sentence than an adult — a minimum of five years to life and a maximum of nine years to life.
If he’s not charged as a juvenile offender, he would be handled in family court, which is more lenient and deals with children.
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