First, Detective Lieutenant John Russo singles out Chanel Lewis, because he was a black man hanging around Howard Beach wearing clothes that seemed too heavy for the season --- he made sure that the local police took down Lewis' name and address, so they would have a record of his having a history of being in Howard Beach if anything happened in the future [this was months before Karina Vetrano's murder]
A day or two later, somebody in Howard Beach made a 911 call to report that a "Chanel Lewis" was behind one of the houses in Howard Beach with a crowbar [again, months before the Karina Vetrano murder] --- after local police interrogated Mr. Lewis to give an account of his comings and goings, they took him to Far Rockaway, which is very far from Chanel Lewis' home in Brooklyn, and the police left him there alone
On the night that Karina Vetrano went missing, only a few hours after she had left to go running, her father, Philip Vetrano called a neighbor, who has been described by a police official as a "Chief" in the NYPD, to tell him that his daughter had recently gone missing and that Vetrano was putting together a search party to look for her. Even though she was only missing for a few hours, the police sent detectives and a helicopter to aid Vetrano in his search
In spite of all the help, Vetrano found his daughter's murdered body all by himself. It was described as being near a marsh pool about fifteen feet off of the running/walking path in the Spring Creek Park section of the Gateway preserve --- a spot that has been described as hard to find in newspaper accounts
For about six months the regular efforts by the NYPD to follow-up on every lead resulted in no progress in locating Karina Vetrano's killer
It was then, six months into the murder investigation, that another Howard Beach neighbor of Mr. Vetrano, Det. Lieut. John Russo >>> REMEMBERED <<< Chanel Lewis, and Russo told investigators to look at him as a suspect in the Karina Vetrano case. After a couple of days investigating and questioning Mr. Lewis, with his full voluntary cooperation, along with that of his family, NYPD detectives had discovered and taken possession of ALL THE EVIDENCE that they would need to charge Lewis for the Vetrano murder, and to present at trial against him, including the very problematic DNA samples
Here's an interesting tid-bit; Det.Lieut. John Russo is the Chief of Detectives' liaison to local detective squads. His colleagues also say that he is an expert on NYPD >>> procedures <<<
Russo might or might not be a great artist as a detective, but he sure looks like he is one master framer.....