A teenager is in police custody in connection with the brutal beating of an architecture student from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Eddy Sanchez, 22, remains in a coma after being robbed and beaten within close proximity to the college campus on August 4. He suffered severe head injuries and as a result doctors placed him in a medically induced coma last Friday to help his brain heal.
New York City police tracked down 16-year-old Eugene Adams after receiving an anonymous call to the CrimeStoppers tip line. Adams has been charged with assault, robbery and possession of stolen property, police said.
According to police sources, investigators have identified two more suspects in the case and expect to make those arrests soon.
Adams, who reportedly lives close to wear the brutal attack on Sanchez took place, has a previous rap sheet – including several arrests to crimes he committed as a child, a police source told the New York Daily News.
Friends told police Sanchez left his Putnam Ave. apartment around 10 p.m.that tragic night and was en route to Pratt Institute. When he reached the corner of Lexington Ave. and Grand Ave. he was reportedly approached by five teens who demanded he hand over his wallet. When he refused, the teenagers then launched a violent attack on him using their fists and feet as weapons, police said.
When Sanchez attempted to fight back, one of the suspects hit him in the head with a crowbar. He was rushed to Kings County Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
The suspects stole Sanchez’s cell phone and ATM card, which according to police, they used to withdraw cash at a nearby store.
Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.