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Arrest made in 1987 murder of Brooklyn teen

Friday, July 20, 2012

An arrest was made on Thursday night in the brutal murder of a teenage girl in Brooklyn 25 years ago.

On New Year's Day in 1987, 19-year-old Lissette Torres was found stabbed to death in a lot under the Gawanas Expressway in Sunset Park.

The case was reopened in 2010.

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Now, police say they have made a DNA match on the suspect, and 53-year-old Edwin Alcaide was arrested and charged with murder.

Police say the suspect and the victim were acquaintances, and that Alcaide knew Torres' boyfriend. Alcaide was 28 at the time of the murder.

Sources say Torres fought with Alcaide before she was killed, and it was tissue samples from under her fingernails that lead detectives to the suspect. Detectives recently ran the samples against the state's DNA databank, and got a hit.

Alcaide is a Level 3 sex offender. He has prior arrests for rape, drug dealing, attempted murder, robbery and sexual abuse. It was that conviction, on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse in 1998 for abusing an 8-year-old boy he was babysitting, that got him in the registry.

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