Suspect arrested in Joao Souza death

Anthony Borrelli, [email protected] | @PSBABorrelli
Published 5:54 p.m. ET April 16, 2018 | Updated 6:06 p.m. ET April 16, 2018


Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell announced the suspect in the death of Binghamton University freshman Joao Souza is in custody.

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.

Although the identity of the suspect remained undisclosed during a 5 p.m. press conference, Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell said the suspect is also a BU student.

The suspect was being held on campus, Cornwell said Monday, and criminal charges were anticipated. Souza was stabbed Sunday night at Windham Hall on BU’s campus, taken to UHS Wilson Medical Center, and pronounced deceased.

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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. 


Nineteen-year-old Binghamton University student Joao Souza died after being stabbed Sunday night on the Vestal campus.
Maggie Gilroy / Staff Video

Authorities declined to say what, if any evidence, was uncovered as a result of search efforts. The location of the suspect’s capture was also not disclosed.

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.


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

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“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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