Cops have nabbed a second teen they say took part in the slaying of a man stabbed repeatedly in the thigh during a fight in a Bronx building lobby, police said Thursday.
Jeremy Ramirez, 18, was picked up by the NYPD’s violent felony squad about 10 a.m. Wednesday after witnesses identified him as one of the four men wanted for questioning in the murder of Ronnie Gardner, authorities said.
Gardner, 28, was on his way to “give some money to somebody that he owed” when he was attacked in the lobby of a building on Sedgwick Ave. near W. 197th St. in Kingsbridge around 11 p.m. April 13, fiancé Ron Cerreta told the Daily News.
“I never knew he would owe so much that somebody would want him dead,” Cerreta said.
Medics rushed Gardner to St. Barnabas Hospital but he could not be saved.
On April 28, police released images of four men wanted for questioning. Ramirez’ next door neighbor, Jeremiah Melendez, 16, was quickly identified and charged with murder a week later.
Ramirez, who has no prior arrests, was slapped with murder, manslaughter and gang assault, cops said.
The teens live five blocks from the building where Gardner was killed.
Police are still looking for the two other men wanted for questioning.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.