6th suspect surrenders to police in Chew murder case

Left to right: Idris Elahi, Marquis Singleton, Brian Rabell, Matias Perry, Rashad Perry and Tyree Bundy.
Left to right: Idris Elahi, Marquis Singleton, Brian Rabell, Matias Perry, Rashad Perry and Tyree Bundy. Courtesy New London Police Department

New London – Seventeen-year-old Marquis Singleton, the remaining suspect at large in the Matthew Chew murder case, has surrendered to police.

Singleton, of 50 Mountain Ave., will be arraigned tomorrow in New London Superior Court with the five others who were arrested today in the October 29 stabbing death of 25-year-old Chew. Singleton and Idris Elahi, of 20 Home St., both are charged with murder.

Singleton had remained at large after police arrested the others, but Segar said his family was facilitating his surrender.

Four more teens were arrested in connection with the killing of Chew, who was stabbed to death last month in an apparent random attack.

At 4 p.m. today, police obtained warrants and arrested Matias Perry, 17, of 36 Wasau Place, No. 2; Brian Rabell, 18, of 93 State Pier Road, A-4; Rashad Perry, 17, of 281 Crystal Ave.; and Tyree Bundy, 17, of 93 State Pier Road, according to Deputy Chief Marshall Segar.

Earlier today, police arrested 17-year-old Idris Elahi, of 20 Home St.., No. 2, who is being held on $1.5 million bond.

There was no apparent motive for the act of violence that rattled the community, police said. All five teens in custody are due to be arraigned Wednesday morning at New London Superior Court on Broad Street.

Chew was fatally stabbed on the night of Oct. 29 while walking from his job at 2Wives Brick Oven Pizza to his Huntington Street apartment nearby. Investigators initially said that Chew's murder was drug-related, but it now appears the stabbing was a random attack, Segar said.

"The investigation revealed that despite the victim being actively engaged in negotiating the purchase of narcotics (via cell phone) at the time of the incident, there was no previous relationship between the victim and his assailants and no apparent motive for the attack," Segar wrote in a statement.

His parents, Rick and Marilyn Chew, who lived in Gales Ferry for two decades before moving to California, received word this morning that police were about to make arrests in the case. The family has received little specific information on the case, but said police have promised to provide them a dossier detailing its investigation.

"Happy is probably not the right word, but we're pleased that the wheels of justice are moving forward and that we will have some closure on our son's murder," Rich Chew said in a telephone interview from Arcadia, Calif.

Chew, a musician and artist who graduated from Ledyard High in 2003, lived downtown with his girlfriend and his dog. He was a disc jockey at several local establishments and was a considered a vital employee at 2Wives, where he invented a pear and Gorgonzola pizza.

His friends said they did not believe Chew died in a drug-related incident, describing him as a practicing Buddhist who would not put up a fight if attacked.

Late on the night of Oct. 29, police found Chew on the ground near the pizza restaurant. He had been stabbed six times and was taken to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital then flown by Life Star to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he died.

Segar said that police had been aware of Elahi and Singleton's identities "since early in the investigation" and had been monitoring their behavior and locations, using both uniformed and undercover officers. Police said they conducted hundreds of hours of interviews and executed 15 search warrants, seizing more than 200 items including clothing, cell phones, personal effects, weapons and DNA of the suspects.

During the four weeks since the crime, many New London residents expressed anger at how long the investigation was taking and the fact that police initially said the case did not appear random. The murder struck a chord among residents, who were horrified by the violent crime and upset with the lack of information they received from police.

"Chief [Margaret] Ackley would also like to thank the citizens of New London for their patience and understanding while the detectives unraveled this complex case," Segar said. "Crimes of this type are distressing to a community and the people of New London should know that the men and women of this department are committed to serving professionally and responsibly."

Arrest and search warrants have been sealed by the court and no further information will be released by police, said Segar, citing "the sensitive nature of this case."

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Sebastian Coppotelli works lunch rush in the kitchen at 2 Wives Brick Oven Pizza in New London Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 where a photo of Matt Chew hangs on the wall in Chew's memory.
Sebastian Coppotelli works lunch rush in the kitchen at 2 Wives Brick Oven Pizza in New London Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 where a photo of Matt Chew hangs on the wall in Chew's memory. Tim Cook/The Day
Rashad Perry, left, and Tyree Bundy, right.
Rashad Perry, left, and Tyree Bundy, right. Courtesy New London Police Department
Marquis Singleton, left, and Idris Elahi, right, both 17.
Marquis Singleton, left, and Idris Elahi, right, both 17. Courtesy New London Police Department
Brian Rabell, left, and Matias Perry, right.
Brian Rabell, left, and Matias Perry, right. Courtesy New London Police Department
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