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Acquaintance In Custody After Fatal Stabbing In Westchester

Byron Stinson Byron Stinson
Byron Stinson Photo Credit: Yonkers Police Department
Vineyard Avenue in Yonkers, where the body was located. Vineyard Avenue in Yonkers, where the body was located.
Vineyard Avenue in Yonkers, where the body was located. Photo Credit: Google Maps

A suspect is in police custody after a fatal overnight stabbing in Westchester.

At approximately 4:35 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the area in front of 26 Vineyard Ave. on a report of an injured man bleeding from the throat.

Upon arrival officers discovered the man down in the street bleeding from an apparent stab wound to the neck, said Yonkers Police, adding that first responders immediately rendered medical aid to the victim, who succumbed to his injury and was pronounced dead at scene. Officers cordoned off the area and initiated a criminal investigation.

Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene, interviewing subjects and witnesses, reviewing surveillance video, and processing forensic evidence. Investigators were able to quickly develop information leading to the arrest of the suspect several hours after the crime.

An investigation has yielded that the victim and suspect were sitting inside a white 2003 Infiniti passenger sedan in the Whetstone Avenue parking lot adjacent to 35 Vineyard Avenue and both men were known to each other, police said. 

An altercation ensued between the two men, which escalated into violence when the suspect allegedly stabbed the victim in the neck with a steak knife, said police.

Both the victim and suspect fled the vehicle, with the victim collapsing nearby in the street and the suspect leaving the area. 

Officers and investigators searched the surrounding vicinity, including the use of K9 units and the execution of search warrants. Information was developed in a short time resulting in the identity of the suspect, and he was quickly located and placed into custody without incident early in the afternoon on Wednesday, April 24.

Detectives are actively working to enhance this investigation and the motivations for the assault, police said, adding that two knives were recovered from scene, in addition to drug paraphernalia.

No other persons are being sought at this time, and this appears to be an isolated incident. The Infiniti sedan was also impounded as evidence.

The victim is identified as Michael Federico, a 42-year-old resident of Bronx River Road this City. His body has been removed by the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation. 

The suspect is identified as Byron Stinson, a 37-year-old homeless resident of this city, police said. Stinson has been charged with one count of first-degree Manslaughter, a Class B Violent Felony in the New York State Penal Law. 

Stinson is being held in the Yonkers City Jail pending arraignment Thursday morning, April 25. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

This continues to be a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.

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