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Accused Etan Patz killer taken to hospital on suicide watch
25 May`12 - A former bodega stock clerk has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City in 1979.
See also:A former bodega stock clerk arrested for allegedly luring 6-year-old Etan Patz off a SoHo street and strangling him in a basement has been placed on suicide watch at a hospital as a precaution, NBC 4 New York has learned. Pedro Hernandez, 51, was taken to Bellevue Friday, a source familiar with the case said. He had been set to be arraigned after police announced his arrest in the 1979 missing child case that has mystified New York City for decades. Pedro Hernandez, 51, was taken to Bellevue Friday, a source familiar with the case said. He had been set to be arraigned after police announced his arrest in the 1979 missing child case that has mystified New York City for decades. A hospital bedside arraignment was expected Friday afternoon.
Hernandez is in isolation and receiving a medical evaluation at the hospital. Another source told NBC 4 New York that this evaluation is precautionary and that such extra steps in a case like this are often routine. Relatives have said Hernandez has a history of some mental issues. His court-appointed lawyer, Harvey Fishbein, declined to comment Friday, saying he hadn't met with his client yet. Patz vanished on his way to a school bus stop 33 years ago Friday. The case drew international attention and changed the way parents felt about letting their young children go off alone. Police said Hernandez had admitted to luring Patz into a bodega where he worked, near the boy's house, and choking him to death in the basement.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said police focused on Hernandez, who now lives in Maple Shade, N.J., after the Missing Persons Squad received a tip from someone who remembered Hernandez speaking of having killed a child. "In the years following Etan's disappearance, Hernandez had told a family member, and others, that he had 'done a bad thing' and killed a child in New York," Kelly said. Based on that information, police went to question Hernandez. Kelly said Hernandez, who worked at the bodega for about a month, confessed to police after he was picked up Wednesday night. Some of the interviews were conducted at the scene of the crime, Kelly said.
Kelly said the suspect had not given a reason for attacking Patz and said there was "no reason at this time" to suspect the boy was sexually abused. He said it was "unlikely" Patz's remains would ever be found and that Hernandez told them he put the boy's body in the trash. Hernandez's lawyer on Friday asked reporters to be respectful of some of Hernandez's relatives assembled at the courthouse, including his wife, daughter and another man, who huddled together on a wooden bench, turning away interview requests for more than an hour. "It's a tough day. The family is upset. Please give them some space,'' Fishbein said.
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Etan Patz death: Pedro Hernandez due in court
25 May 2012 - Etan Patz vanished while walking to a school bus stop on his own for the first time
The man who has confessed to killing six-year-old Etan Patz, who went missing in New York in 1979, is expected in court on Friday. Pedro Hernandez of Maple Shade, New Jersey, was arrested on Thursday after he told police he choked the boy to death. Mr Hernandez, 51, worked in a convenience shop near the Patz family home in Manhattan, New York. Etan vanished while walking to a school bus stop on his own for the first time. His was the first face to appear on milk cartons asking for information about missing children. It is 33 years to the day since Etan went missing. Prosecutors are expected to file second-degree murder charges against Mr Hernandez, CNN reports. He was taken to a New York hospital for a psychological evaluation on Friday.
'Feeling of relief'
"We believe that this is the individual responsible for the crime," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters on Thursday. He added that Mr Hernandez was "remorseful, and I think the detectives thought that it was a feeling of relief on his part". According to Commissioner Kelly, Mr Hernandez allegedly had lured the boy "with the promise of a soda". After leading the boy into the basement he "choked him there and disposed of the body by placing him in a plastic bag and placing it in the trash". No body or bag was ever recovered. Commissioner Kelly told reporters that police took Mr Hernandez back to the scene of the crime, which is now a shop selling spectacles. When the incident took place, Mr Hernandez had been stacking shelves at the small grocery shop for about a month. While other employees of the shop were interviewed around the time of Etan's disappearance, Mr Hernandez was not. "I can't tell you why," Mr Kelly said.
Mr Hernandez worked in construction until he suffered a back injury in 1993. He had no previous criminal record, the police commissioner said. But the 51-year-old told relatives and others, as far back as 1981, that he had "done something bad". Mr Kelly said police had already informed Etan's family of the development in the case. "We can only hope that these developments bring some measure of peace to the family," he said. Etan's parents, Stanley and Julie Patz, became outspoken advocates for missing children in the years after their son's disappearance. The couple have not moved since his disappearance and for years refused to change their phone number, hoping that Etan was alive.
Lt Christopher Zimmerman told reporters that "Mr Patz was taken aback, a little surprised, and I would say overwhelmed, to a degree". "I think after everything Mr Patz has gone through, he handled it very well." Investigators last month searched a handyman's former workshop near the Patz family home. In an apparent breakthrough for the decades-old investigation, the Manhattan basement flat was excavated over four days, but no evidence was found. The handyman, Othniel Miller, was repeatedly questioned by detectives, but denied having anything to do with Etan's disappearance.