NYC Hit-Run Fugitive: I'm Really Not a Bad Guy
Source says Julio Acevedo doesn't have money for lawyer
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2013 7:07 AM CST
This undated photo, provided by the New York City Police Department on Monday March 4, 2013, shows Julio Acevedo, 44.   (AP Photo/NYPD)

(Newser) – Despite the fact that the man suspected of killing an expectant Brooklyn couple and their baby in a hit-and-run accident promised yesterday to turn himself in, police are still searching for Julio Acevedo. The Hasidic Jewish community victims Nachman and Raizy Glauber belonged to is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to his capture, the AP reports. As of this morning, police say they've had no contact with Acevedo, who yesterday told the New York Daily News that he planned to surrender after meeting with a lawyer.

But he didn't give himself up, and a source tells the paper Acevedo is having trouble coming up with money to pay an attorney. In calls with the NYDN and WABC-7 arranged by a friend yesterday, Acevedo reiterated his claim that he was speeding at the time of the crash because he'd just been shot at, and says he didn't know the Glaubers had died until he saw the news. "My heart goes out to all of those people that's feeling like I'm so much of a bad guy and I'm really not," he says. "The cab driver came out of nowhere and I couldn't stop." He says he fled the scene because he still feared for his life, but police say no gunshots were reported in the area at that time.

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Mar 6, 2013 11:23 PM CST
He speeds down a residential street, t-bones a car killing two people, flees the scene, and he's NOT a bad guy? What the hell is he then? He should be charged with 2nd degree murder and locked up for 30 years.
Mar 6, 2013 7:35 PM CST
Despite being a felon who served time for murder Julio is not a bad guy. He speaks Spanish fluently and is a devoted Catholic who encourages illiterate kids to seek an education. But unless remorse is shown to the families of the Jewish couple he ran down Julio should serve prison time.
Mar 6, 2013 4:57 PM CST
Did I read this right? His heart goes out to all the people who think he's a bad guy when he really isn't? Clueless Hall of Fame nominee.