The death of a 53-year-old man assaulted in the Bronx nearly three years ago has been declared a homicide — but no one will ever be charged in his death, officials said Wednesday.
NYPD detectives are going to “exceptionally clear” the death of Angel Rivera, who fell into a coma after being assaulted in 2014 and died two years later.
“Exceptionally clearing” a case means that detectives close the investigation because an arrest cannot be made.
Rivera was punched by a drinking buddy on E. 167th St. near Southern Blvd. in Foxhurst on July 20, 2014, officials said. He suffered a massive head injury when he fell back and slammed his head on the sidewalk, officials said.
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He ultimately died of his injuries on Aug. 16, 2016, officials said. On Tuesday, the city Medical Examiner’s office determined that Rivera died from “multiple complications caused from a traumatic brain injury.”
Police initially arrested the drinking buddy, but the Bronx District Attorney declined to prosecute, law enforcement sources said. Since prosecutors didn’t prosecute him for the assault, he can’t be arrested for the murder, a police source said.
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