Detectives made an arrest Wednesday night in the brutal murder of Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark.
26-year-old construction worker Kendel Felix, who resides at 921 Montgomery Street, Brooklyn, NY, was charged with murder in the 2nd degree, the Yeshiva World News reported.
Two friends the Brooklyn man identified as accomplices were also being questioned by cops, sources told the NY Daily News.
Felix “admits they wanted to rob him,” one source said. “They weren’t thinking about killing him. It looks like a straight up robbery.”
All three were linked to the crime by evidence found in the van that police believe was used to kidnap the 39-year-old Stark and carry him to his death, the sources said.
Two of the suspects were also linked to a cellphone that was found attached to the undercarriage of Stark’s car in the days after the murder, a source said. The phone belongs to one of the suspects, and there were calls made to it by another of the suspects, the source told the NY Daily News.
The trio of toughs apparently believed Stark was loaded — unaware that he was actually up to his ears in debt.
The men knew the Hasidic businessman because they worked for a contractor he had hired, according to the source.
Stark owed more than $20,000 to a contractor, and detectives are still investigating whether the suspects kidnapped the victim in an attempt to collect that money — or if they were simply looking to rob him because they knew he carried a lot of cash.
Felix told cops he and his cohorts accidentally suffocated the father of seven as he fought to escape, a source said.