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Construction worker charged in Stark slaying

Kendel Felix, 26, said suffocation of landlord was an accident: report
May 01, 2014 09:00AM

A 26-year-old construction worker has been charged in the slaying of Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark.

The suspect, Kendel Felix, worked for a contractor that handled buildings owned by Stark, who in January was kidnapped from outside his Williamsburg office and later found dead in a Great Neck dumpster. Police said yesterday that a 26-year-old man believed to have driven the van used in the kidnapping had confessed to the crime and named two other suspects.

A source told the New York Daily News that Felix admitted to police that he and his associates suffocated Stark by accident.

Felix “admits they wanted to rob him,” a source told the Daily News. “They weren’t thinking about killing him.”

Stark, a 39-year-old father of seven, was embroiled in several financial and legal disputes at the time of his kidnapping. [NYDN]Mark Maurer

  • contractors arent murderous

    that sounds racist to me because landlords wouldn’t necessarily be loaded
    so he sees distinct looking Menachem Stark at the building and just sees dollar signs?

    Where would that idea come from given the state of his real estate holdings? Who would be filling his arms up with cash? Not his regulated tenants that’s for sure.

    In our experience, the contractors, the plumbers and the electricians have been except for the one who sabotaged our pipes – to be everyday good guys. They make an owner feel that they can keep going with their reliability, their trustworthiness and oftentimes, their charitable attention – showing up just so the owner isn’t alone in a hostile situation.

    • PNY212

      The article mentioned that the suspect worked for a company that
      serviced several properties owned by the victim. So he probably assumed
      he was loaded just because he owned some income properties. People are
      not smart enough to consider things like taxes, expenses and debt when
      they try to assume someone’s worth. This is a very sad story, as there are now 7
      children left without a father