Reporter George Weber Stabbed To Death in NYC, Teen Arrested

Reporter George Weber was killed over the weekend. With the arrest of a suspect a tale of violent sex and the Internet is emerging.
A teenage suspect has been arrested for stabbing radio reporter George Weber 50 times. He had met the journalist through the Internet site Craig’s List.

An ad had been placed on the site by Weber looking for ‘rough sex.’ The 16-year-old who answered it confessed to killing Weber on Tuesday evening. The suspect says that he went to Weber’s apartment to make $60 for rough sex.

Friday night Weber’s neighbours had seen the well liked man pacing in front of his building and holding a conversation on his cell phone. That was the last time he was seen alive.

The New York Daily News

“He and Weber met online sometime last week and had arranged to meet,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. “There was going to be an exchange of money.”

The teen almost was arrested this weekend for the murder. After allegedly stabbing Weber late Friday evening he fled the scene wearing some of his victim’s clothing. A G train conductor saw his hand was bleeding and called the police. The suspect told the police that he had cut his hand on a bottle when he was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center. They had no idea a suspected murderer was in their midst.

It would be two more days before Weber’s body would be found.

After having his hand bandaged the youth fled to Middletown in upstate New York. He had hoped to hide out at a friend’s home.

When the suspect was arrived late Tuesday night he was still wearing George Weber’s clothing. In his possession was a dagger but it was not the murder weapon.

On Sunday morning he has found stabbed to death in his apartment. Wounds on his hands show that he had tried to fight back as he was being stabbed to death.

It’s unclear if George Weber knew what he was getting himself into. Had he checked the suspect’s MySpace page he would have seen a young man who called himself “Extremist, an Anarchist, a Sadomasochist” and said he enjoyed “long conversations, drinking, bike riding, hanging out.” He would have also read a warning: “If you disrespect me then I will f—–g break your neck.”

The suspect, John Katehis, 16, was charged as an adult with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon at an arraignment held Wednesday evening. He is being held without bail.

CBS 4 reports:

“Maybe he didn’t know he was 16 because on the internet you don’t always know the age,” said neighbor Therea Muscianesi. “It’s very sad for everyone.”

“It’s someone he brought here. I’m just relieved it’s not a crazy person here in the neighborhood,” said neighbor Laura Bloom.

A memorial service for Mr. Weber was held Wednesday evening at his home. Friends and family had gone beforehand to the pub Angry Wade’s to toast their loved one.


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