Rochester police make arrest in downtown stabbings that killed 1 – Democrat & Chronicle

Rochester police make arrest in downtown stabbings that killed 1 - Democrat & Chronicle
Two stabbed, one fatally, in Downtown Rochester
Police say a 34-year-old Rochester man stabbed two people Friday night, one fatally, near St. Paul Street in downtown Rochester.

Officers responded at 7:20 p.m. to Bragdon Place, just off St. Paul Street near the transit center, to find a man stabbed in the upper torso. David Oquendo, 24, of Rochester, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he died. While still on scene, officers located a second man, also stabbed in the upper torso, at 100 St. Paul Street. Neville Brown, 28, of Rochester, sustained a non-life threatening injury. He was treated at the hospital and released.

Another man, Neville Brown, 29, was also stabbed around the corner on St. Paul Street near the RTS transit Center. He was transported to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries. 

“We believe the victims and the suspect did know each other in one way, shape or form,” said Rochester Police Capt. Frank Umbrino. “We do believe these are targeted incidents and they are not random.”  

One Dead, Another Injured in Downtown Rochester Stabbing

About an hour later, a Rochester police officer took a woman into custody after she was seen going after a man with a large butcher knife. The officer rushed toward the woman at the corner of Pleasant and St. Paul streets and took her into custody without incident.

Umbrino said the two arrests were unrelated to the two stabbings. They merely punctuated a busy evening downtown Friday night.

Earlier, officers had responded at 7:20 p.m. to Caroline Street  in the southeast part of the city for the report of a “possible robbery and shooting,” Capt. Nathan Cornell said in an email. They found a 33-year-old man “who sustained a minor graze wound to the lower body,” Cornell said.

“The victim became involved in an altercation with an unknown suspect who then fired at least one shot towards the victim,” Cornell wrote. 

“When you have multiple crime scenes, obviously its more difficult and its more taxing on your resources,” Umbrino said. “The people that we have doing the investigations are the best. Our technicians are the best. The bottom line is for something like this, you need to slow everything down. Things take a little more time.”

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