East Elmhurst teen arrested in broadcaster’s murder

East Elmhurst teen arrested in broadcaster’s murder
By Jeremy Walsh

A 16-year-old East Elmhurst teen has been arrested on suspicion of murdering ABC Radio broadcaster George Weber  in his Brooklyn apartment, police said Wednesday.

John Katehis, 16, was arrested at 11 p.m. Tuesday night in front of a bus depot in Middletown, N.Y. and soon implicated himself in the attack, said Paul Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman.

On his MySpace profile, Katehis described himself as an “extremist, an anarchist and a sadomasochist” who enjoys “long conversations, drinking, bike riding, hanging out, roof hopping, hanging off trains … extreme violence (chaos, anarchy etc.).” It includes numerous photos of himself posing with knives.

“As long as you show respect for me I will show respect for you,” he wrote. “If you disrespect me, then I will —-ing break your neck.”

Weber, 47, an ABC radio newsman, was found stabbed to death in his Carroll Gardens apartment Sunday morning, police said. He had initially been reported missing, police said.

The two met online via a Craigslist ad and agreed to meet in person at Weber’s apartment, Browne said. The New York Post reported Weber had offered Katehis $60 for a sexual encounter. Once in the apartment, the suspect allegedly stabbed Weber about 50 times, Browne said. At a televised news conference, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said an unidentified male had been seen talking on a cell phone outside Weber’s building around 6 p.m. Friday night.

The suspect was being held at the 76th Precinct station house in Brooklyn Wednesday afternoon, police said. No charges had been filed as of 2:30 p.m.