‘We’re very pleased with the direction the investigation is now going,’ Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday four months the Williamsburg landlord, 39, was snatched Jan. 2 and found in a dumpster, his body burned. The father of seven had serious money troubles, which police say factored in his death.
The unidentified man is the “main player” in the brutal killing of 39-year-old Menachem Stark, police sources told the Daily News.
It was not immediately clear whether this man, who sources said “copped” to the grisly crime, was a contractor to whom Stark owed $20,000 – and who has been in the sights of detectives for months.
Two associates of the suspect, who were linked to the crime by the minivan in which Stark was abducted, are still being questioned but have not been charged, the sources said.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton did not identify the suspect, but said the pace of their investigation “has accelerated significantly.”
“We’re very pleased with the direction the investigation is now going,” he said.
The revelations raised hopes that after four months of fruitless searching there might finally be justice for the father of seven and his grieving family.
“Today is bittersweet,” said Rabbi David Niederman, who heads the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg. “Bitter because Menachem is no longer with us and he is forever missed, sweet that the law enforcement community has made an arrest in this heinous crime.”
Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) chimed in with praise for the police.
“I have followed this terrible and tragic case from the beginning and applaud the NYPD for their tenacity in pursuing the murder suspects,” said Hikind.
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