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Search Intensifies For Suspect In Fatal Ridge Hill Movie Theater Stabbing

The Ridge Hill Movie Theater is located on Fitzgerald Street in Yonkers.
The Ridge Hill Movie Theater is located on Fitzgerald Street in Yonkers. Photo Credit: Google Maps

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Authorities are intensifying the search for the suspect in the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old worker at the Ridge Hill Movie Theater in Yonkers.

Police describe the suspect as a black male, about 20 years old and 6-feet tall with a thin build.

The Yonkers Police Department is utilizing an array of investigative resources to apprehend the perpetrator of this incident.

Anyone with information regarding the same is encouraged to contact the Yonkers Police Detective Division at (914) 377-7724. All calls will remain confidential.

Daij Asante Thomas, a 19-year-old employee at the theater, was killed in the incident.

At approximately 12:45 a.m. Saturday, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the theater on Fitzgerald Street on a report of a fight with a person stabbed as a movie was ending.

Upon arrival, officers located Thomas in the lobby of the theater with a stab wound to his chest, Yonkers Police said. Officers immediately provided aid and assisted transporting Thomas to a local area hospital, where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

Officers cordoned off the area and established a crime scene. Detectives from the Major Case Unit and Crime Scene Unit responded and began processing the scene.

Multiple persons present in the lobby at the time of the incident were interviewed. Multiple sources of surveillance video are also being reviewed, according to Yonkers Police.

Thomas was approached by the suspect in the lobby of the theater, police said, adding that it appears both parties may have known each other.

A dispute ensued resulting in a fight between the two parties, ending with the suspect allegedly fatally stabbing Thomas with a knife before fleeing the theater, police said, noting that a weapon was recovered at scene.

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