The search is still ongoing for Julio Acevedo, the 44-year-old suspect who has apparently admitted responsibility in private for the death of a young Jewish couple — and, later, their just-born baby — but as new reports surface it appears that the driver in a hit-and-run crash high on emotion may be a criminal with a long rap sheet and an indirect connection to a very famous rapper. He may even have returned to the scene of the crime.
Here's what we knew after the weekend: Acevedo was identified by at least one witness as the driver of a 2010 BMW going 60 miles per hour (twice the legal limit) through a Brooklyn intersection and striking a livery cab just after midnight on Sunday morning. That cab's passengers were expecting parents Nachman and Raizel Glauber, both 21 years old, who were on their way to the hospital because Raizel was experiencing pains associated with her pregnancy. Both parents were killed in the crash, but doctors were able to deliver the baby successfully by C-section. Amidst a local and national outpouring of emotion for the survival of a "miracle baby," the child died less than 24 hours later.
For today's papers, the New York Daily News and the New York Post dug up new information about the driver, including his connection to rapper 50 Cent. Acevedo previously did an eight-year stint at New York's Attica Prison, starting in 1987, for shooting Kelvin "50 Cent" Martin, the Brooklyn gangster from whom rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson took his name. He also has two arrests for drug possession, and others for robbery and reckless endangerment. Acevedo was also due in court in April for a driving under the influence charge he acquired in February. He now faces a likely charge of leaving the scene of the deadly accident, but "could be charged with vehicular homicide or vehicular manslaughter if prosecutors can prove he was intoxicated," according to the Daily News.
Acevedo has been speaking openly about his latest run-in with friends, apparently. Acevedo told acquaintances he was enjoying a leisurely drive through the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn when "he spotted an old nemesis," according to the Daily News. He stepped on the gas as his old foe started to chase him through the tightly packed Brooklyn neighborhood — also home to one of the most child-packed Hasidic enclaves on Earth — and shortly after he struck the cab. Acevedo is getting ready to turn himself in, friends told the Daily News, as soon as he can afford a lawyer. "He's willing to cop out to whatever it is. He's admitting his responsibility," a friend told the Daily News.
If there's a major sign Acevedo is feeling guilty about his crime, it's in the Post's story. According to their witnesses, including one who allegedly helped Acevedo out of the BMW after the crash, he's already signaled his guilt by — wait for it—- returning to the scene of the crime. "It was absolutely freezing, and this guy was wearing a sweater, smoking a cigarette. He looked very nervous," photographer Shimon Gifter told the Post. "He just looked at the crash and went back the same way he came, up Kent Avenue. He just disappeared."
Acevedo's turning himself in would please the leaders of the Hasidic community still reeling after the loss of two young members. "The best thing for this coward is to charge him with triple homicide — and we are going to demand that," community leader Isaac Abraham told the Post.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.