A public defender representing 20-year-old Michael Roque entered the plea on his behalf Monday. Roque faces a charge of second-degree murder in the killing of Joao Souza. Souza was attacked Sunday night in a residence suite on the campus near the Pennsylvania state line. The university says Souza had previously attended high school in New York and was a native of Brazil. University police chief Timothy Faughnan says investigators believe the suspect targeted Souza.
Binghamton University police released images of a suspect in the deadly stabbing of a 19-year-old student in a campus dorm room Sunday. The man who police said stabbed a fellow Binghamton University student to death on Sunday has been identified by police and charged with second degree murder. Michael M. Roque, 20, has been charged in the killing of 19-year-old Joao Souza, a freshman, authorities said. Roque has pleaded not guilty. Souza, an engineering student, was attacked at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in a residence suite on the campus near the Pennsylvania state line.
Authorities did not disclose the name or any other information about the suspect at a 5 p.m. news conference, other than to say he was a Binghamton University student. Police said more details would be released later Monday evening or Tuesday morning. Engineering student Joao Souza was attacked at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in a residence suite on the campus near the Pennsylvania state line. Souza had previously attended high school in New York and was a native of Brazil, where family was notified, according to the university. Jonathan Ross, superintendent of the Blind Brook school district in Westchester County, told the Journal News that Souza graduated last year from Blind Brook High School in Rye Brook, where he was a standout soccer player.
Haley Anderson, a 22-year-old student at Binghamton University in New York, was found dead Friday and authorities have launched a manhunt for a person of interest who is believed to be the young woman's ex-boyfriend. According to reports Sunday, the Binghamton Police Department said the possible suspect fled the country. The person of interest, whose name or sketch was not released, is a male student majoring in nursing at Binghamton University. He was romantically involved with Anderson. He reportedly boarded an international flight before Anderson's body was discovered Friday, according to police.
The prime suspect in the murder of Binghamton University student Haley Anderson was arrested in Nicaragua on Tuesday, local news outlets reported. The suspect, Orlando Tercero, fled to the Central American country shortly before the body of Anderson, 22, was discovered on Friday in an Oak Street residence in Binghamton, New York, where Tercero lived, USA Today Affiliate Press Connects reported. Tercero was apprehended and transferred to the Directorate of Judicial Assistance, also known as "El Chipote," in Managua, Nicaragua, Commissioner Francisco Díaz of the Nicaraguan National Police said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Tercero is a U.S. citizen and a student of the same university where Anderson studied. Tercero was allegedly obsessed with Anderson for quite some time -- an obsession that did not subside when both of them became friends.