Cops canvas West Village for clues to find the killer of popular soccer coach
Detectives from the 13th Precinct and members of the Manhattan South homicide squad were canvassing buildings in the West Village last night, seeking additional surveillance footage to help them apprehend the killer of Michael Jones, 25, the Westchester soccer coach who was savagely stabbed to death outside 25 West 14th St. early Sunday morning.
"There's no evidence that these two (men) knew each other," said a police source. Additional footage of Jones and his attacker walking together exists, said the source, but it does not depict the killer -- thought to be a Hispanic man between the ages of 25 and 30 with a dark ponytail -any more clearly than the grainy images already released. "If we had a better picture, we would put it out. We want to catch this guy," said the source.
The NY Post reported shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday that a suspect was being grilled at the 13th precinct station house on E. 21st St., but a police spokesman denied the report. "There is no suspect in custody," or being questioned in connection of the case, as of 6:15 p.m. last night, said the spokesman.
Earlier reports that the West Harrison soccer coach was with his sister earlier in the evening were incorrect. "He was with his girlfriend," but the two parted ways earlier in the evening.
It is not known what prompted the killer to attack Jones as the two strolled along, but robbery is not thought to be a motive, as Jones' cell phone and wallet were left at the scene of his grisly killing.
Jones, a soccer coach for The New York Red Bulls juniors, was originally from Tarleton, Lancashire, in England, and came to the U.S. on a soccer scholarship at the age of 17, John Parkinson, treasurer of the Tarleton Corinthians, a team for which "Jonesy" once played, told sky.com. Jones' parents, said Parkinson, were in "a state of shock."
The Red Bulls released a statement calling Jones "a tremendous individual, a fantastic coach who loved soccer and a terrific friend for many of us."
"It's sad," said Michael Zaracho, who lived across the street from Jones. "There's nothing else you can say," he told News12. "It's really sad."