Police Arrest Suspect in Vermont Street Shooting

June 26, 2011 Updated Jun 26, 2011 at 8:16 PM EDT

By WKBW News

June 26, 2011 Updated Jun 26, 2011 at 8:16 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) After a month of investigation and rumors that the person of interest in the case had fled the country, Buffalo Police have broke open the murder case of Jay Nieves with the arrest of the single suspect.

17 year old Joshua Nieves was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with the May 27th murder of Jay
Nieves. The two are not related.

Mayor Byron Brown held a press conference this afternoon to discuss the arrest.

"The Buffalo Police Department never stops working, never stops pursuing suspects in crime, especially the terrible crime of homicide," Mayor Brown said.

Police say a S.W.A.T. team was brought in, but Joshua Nieves was arrested without incident. The murder happened in the early hours of May 27th on Vermont Street in Buffalo, and authorities believe it stemmed from an earlier incident in the entertainment district.

"Presumably there was some arguing that went on, and it escalated over on Vermont Street where Jay Nieves had been shot," Buffalo Police Chief Dennis Richards said.

Joshua Nieves has been charged with second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Officials credit both police investigation and the public's help in identifying Nieves as a person of interest, and ultimately putting him in jail.

"The amount of cooperation that we receive from the public is significant, and when we get good information from the public our Police Department has been very effective in bringing people to justice," Mayor Brown said.

"We track down every single tip. And sometimes it's good information, sometimes it's bad, but certainly when you're in pursuit of a homicide suspect, we don't leave any tip unexamined," Chief Richards added.

Joshua Nieves is being held without bail at the Erie County Holding Center. No court date has been set at this time.

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