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Arrest imminent in Menachem Stark slaying: sources

Police could apprehend suspect before April 14
March 31, 2014 08:00AM

Investigators are closing in on a suspect in the grisly killing of Brooklyn developer Menachem Stark.

Detectives tell the Stark family that an arrest is imminent and could come before Passover on April 14, or just after the eight-day holiday, a source told the New York Post. Stark was accosted outside his Williamsburg office in January and shoved into a Dodge Caravan. His charred corpse was found in Great Neck the following day, And Police Found The Vehicle On A Brownsville Street a week later. Stark owed several million dollars to multiple creditors and was the subject of multiple lawsuits. And while some tenants remembered him as a kind and generous landlord, others said he was an out-and-out slumlord.

The first clue to a possible perpetrator of the crime surfaced on Jan. 14 when police located Stark’s minivan in Brownsville. But since then investigators have zeroed in on a contractor and several of his relatives to whom Stark allegedly owed around $20,000, according to the Post.

Investigators have managed to track a mysterious cellphone found beneath Stark’s car that was used by the abductors as a tracking device, sources told the paper, and another cellphone used in the area where the body was dumped has also been tracked, a law enforcement source told the Post. [NYP]Julie Strickland