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Bronx cops nab second teen for fatal Christmas Eve beatdown over $1

2020-01-07

Cops have arrested a second teen for a fatal Christmas Eve beatdown in the Bronx that netted the muggers a paltry $1, authorities said Tuesday.

The 15-year-old boy, whose name was not released because he’s a minor, was identified and arrested by detectives on Monday and charged with second-degree murder and gang assault, cops said. He is expected to be tried in Family Court.

The teen’s accused of taking part, with four others, in the Dec. 24 stomping of 60-year-old Juan Fresnada.

Fresnada was beaten for 15 minutes after he stepped in to protect his boyfriend, Byron Caceres, from getting mugged outside a McDonald’s on Third Ave. in Morrisania.

His attackers slammed a heavy steel garbage can over his head during the assault, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury, officials said. He was on a respirator until his death three days later.

The first suspect arrested for the attack, Abu Conteh, 18, told the Daily News in a Rikers Island interview that he “never touched that man."

Conteh, who was arrested on Dec. 31, said that on the night of the attack he was at a house party with the suspects. When he left with two friends, he was captured on the same surveillance video that recorded the attack.

As Fresnada was assaulted, one of the suspects asked Conteh to grab his jacket, which he had taken off. Conteh did what he was asked, but never took part in the assault, he claims.

“I dunno what this guy could do,” Conteh told the News. “He had just beat a man so I went and got it for him and gave it to him.”