NYPD captures suspect in Melrose mom’s strangulation

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Angel DeJesus, 44, was arrested for allegedly strangling a Bronx woman to death and then placing a rubber band around her neck.
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The NYPD said they arrested a suspect for the brutal strangulation of a Bronx mother in Melrose in September.

Belkis Lopez, 35, was discovered unconscious and unresponsive with a band of rubber around her neck inside her East 158th Street bedroom in the Bronx on Sept. 20, officials said. Her body was allegedly later found by her 14-year-old teenage daughter.

Angel DeJesus, 44, was arrested on Tuesday on a count of murder and negligent homicide, according to police.

DeJesus was Lopez’s on-again, off-again boyfriend and was living at the East 158th Street apartment at the time of the murder, authorities said.

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