Burger King murder: Distinctive belt led cops to person of interest in killing of 19-year-old Kristal Bayron-Nieves in East Harlem

East Harlem, Manhattan (WABC) – A person of interest is being questioned in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old cashier at Burger King in East Harlem.

The unidentified 30-year-old was arrested by investigators in Brooklyn on Thursday. No charges have been brought.

The family of 19-year-old Crystal Byron Nevis has been informed of a possible separation in the case.

Police released a security camera video showing the suspect:

A distinctive belt and EBT card led investigators to the man they believe killed the 19-year-old Burger King cashier.

It is believed that the man actually worked at the same Burger King at some point in the past, although he is not believed to have known his victim.

Although most of his wardrobe at the time of the murder was nondescript, he was seen wearing his signature “Guess” belt by investigators during an extensive surveillance video survey.

Investigators were able to match the belt to a belt he was wearing in a photo he posted on Instagram.

The man was also linked to an EBT card he used after the fatal shooting.

He is believed to have fled the scene on the 6th Subway, taking him from 116th Street to 110th Street.

He walked into a building near 110th Street and, instead of using the proceeds of the theft, bought a fruit drink with his EBT card.

Detectives got his name from the card, and traced him to Days Inn near Kennedy Airport in Queens, which is currently used as a shelter.

He was not arrested there, instead he was arrested while visiting his girlfriend on Thursday on Pachin Street in Brooklyn.

Investigators are still searching for the 9mm pistol used in the shooting.

He allegedly hit the manager with a pistol and took the managers’ phone.

He then apparently shot the cashier as she struggled to open the register.

He has seven previous arrests in New York City.

The shocking cold-blooded murder of a young man who works a dangerous night shift to save money for many in the city.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams brought up the issue Thursday while talking about unacceptable levels of crime.

“The 19-year-old who got shot, we have to catch him,” Adams said. “And I refuse to apologize for the violent people in our city. These crimes, we’re focused on them. And we’ll make sure we get them off our streets just like the prosecutor did with that gang.”

Adams, who previously said the killing was particularly meaningless because the victim gave the suspect $100 that was at the cash register, and shot her anyway, again expressed his outrage at the killing Friday morning.

“I am very focused on preventing 19-year-old girls from being shot at at Burger King,” he said at an unrelated event in Queens.

The mayor said he has not received any update on the concerned person being questioned.

Byron Nevis had moved to New York from Puerto Rico with her mother, 14-year-old brother, and the family cat two years ago.

Read also | The reward for killing a Burger King employee during the theft is up to $20,000

Family members raise funds to return her body there for burial. Family members raise funds to return her body there for burial.

The GoFundMe campaign has raised $24,000 as of Friday morning.

It will take place next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the award posted in connection with the case is at least $20,000.

Community activists gathered outside Burger King on Tuesday night as Byron Nevis was shot.

As Jim Dolan reports, they called for an end to the violence and their pleas were loud and full of pain and grief.

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