There are new developments in the gruesome case of a gay man found brutally stabbed to death in his Queens apartment and killed by a man he met on the Internet. New York City detectives tracked down 30-year-old Alexys Fermaintt to Massachusetts. Fermaintt, who lives in the Bronx, is now being held without bail and charged with the second-degree murder of Michael Pecora, reports the Daily News.
Fermaintt was arrested at his mother's home in Holyoke, Mass. without incident. Pecora's computer was found in a separate Holyoke apartment that police said appeared to be Fermaintt's primary address, according to a detective. Fermaintt was arraigned Friday in Holyoke as a fugitive of justice and was handed over to NYPD detectives.
The victim's stolen cell phone lead police to the alleged killer. A cab driver reported the phone was given to him by a passenger who couldn't pay his fare. Pecora's sister was calling and sending worried text messages to the cell phone.
Joe Jervis at Joe.My.God has produced some first-rate reporting on this story over the weekend. Jervis reports: "Several JMG readers have written to mention having seen the victim's regular postings in Craigslist's M4M section." JMG found Fermaintt's MySpace page and his YouTube channel where he posted almost nude NC-17 videos and pics as Rican2Crave.
Unfortunately this case becomes yet another cautionary tale. Pecora's building handyman "expressed concern" over the number of men he saw enter the victim's apartment over the last few months. Joseph Piecyzkowski tells WCBS-TV: "Two years ago, he had one guy – nice, quiet. But the last year, a couple of times, he brought different guys. And I talked to the super, and he said soon there'd be something happening."
Little information is known about Michael Pecora besides being 38 years-old and a graduate of the University of Tampa. There have been a number of recent and high-profile homicides related to Internet hookups, such as the the March slaying of ABC News radio personality George Weber.
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