Volume 18 • Issue 10 | July 29 - August 4, 2005

Drifter arrested in Chinatown killing

By Brendan Keane

Two days after residents of a Chinatown building made the grisly discovery of the decomposing corpse of an elderly man in his apartment, José Bustos Mangana, 28, confessed to the brutal murder, according to police.

Detectives found and arrested Mangana on July 18. Police say the drifter beat, strangled and stabbed Juan Crespo, 75, in Crespo’s apartment at 173 Henry St. His body was discovered July 16 after neighbors complained about on odor.

A spokesperson for the city’s medical examiner’s office said that an autopsy has revealed that Crespo suffered multiple fractured ribs from being punched and kicked. The cause of death was reported as blunt trauma, strangulation and a stab wound to the torso.

The Manhattan district attorney has charged Mangana with murder in the second degree and he is being held without bail, pending a grand jury appearance on Aug. 29.

According to a police source, Mangana is an illegal alien who left his native Mexico three or fours years ago for Florida, where he has an arrest record for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Crespo’s nephew, Francisco Acevedo, traveled from Florida to attend to his mother, one of Crespo’s 18 brothers and sisters living in New Jersey.


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