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Binghamton University student Michael Roque arrested in stabbing death of Joao Souza
The suspect in 19-year-old Binghamton University student Joao Souza's stabbing death was due to be arraigned Monday night.
The suspect in 19-year-old Binghamton University student Joao Souza's stabbing death remained at large until late Monday afternoon, when law enforcement officials announced his capture.
On Monday night, fellow BU student Michael Roque, 20, of Massapequa, New York, was charged with second-degree murder at Broome County Jail. Roque pleaded not guilty and was remanded to jail.
Roque is accused of stabbing the victim multiple times with a knife.
Although the identity of the suspect remained undisclosed during a 5 p.m. press conference, Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell revealed the suspect is also a BU student. The suspect was arrested at his dorm room on campus Monday afternoon.
Souza was stabbed Sunday night at Windham Hall on BU's campus, taken to UHS Wilson Medical Center, and pronounced deceased.
BU's campus became the center of an intensive search Monday by police, Forest Rangers and other emergency responders working amid sporadic rainfall and intense winds Monday — classes were canceled for the day.
Authorities declined to say what, if any evidence, was uncovered as a result of search efforts.
The investigation remained ongoing Monday night.
Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger described the homicides of two BU students this year — Haley Anderson, a 22-year-old nursing student, was slain in March — as devastating losses.
Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell announced the suspect in the death of Binghamton University freshman Joao Souza is in custody.
"The last two months have been very, very difficult," an emotional Stenger said at Monday's news conference. "You can understand how difficult it must be for parents and for friends. You want to do anything you can to help them through these times."
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Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger responds the day after the April 15, 2018 stabbing death of Joao Souza. Souza is the second Binghamton University student to be killed since March. Maggie Gilroy / Staff video