Cops Seek Third Suspect in Mott Haven Club Killing

Third Suspect Sought in Fatal NYC Club Stabbing

By David Greene

BRONX- Police have arrested two suspects and are seeking a third in an incident that left one man stabbed to death and two others shot and or stabbed. 

Police have released photos of the third suspect in the deadly confrontation outside a Mott Haven club.

A crime scene investigator takes a 3D photo of the crime scene where three victims were shot or stabbed.–Photo by David Greene

So far police have arrested 32-year-old Christopher Williams and 31-year-old Devon Aviles. Both have charged with murder, attempted murder and manslaughter.

Officers from the 40th Precinct were called to the Oze Tavern, located at 256 East 138 Street, at 3:54 a.m., on Sunday, March 31, for a report of “shots fired” at the location.

One police source described the scene, stating, “Upon arrival officers encountered three males with varying degrees of injuries. EMS also responded to the scene and removed a 29 year-old male with stab wounds to his torso, and a 27 year-old male with a gunshot wound to the torso and a stab wound to his face.”

The source added that a 30- year-old male suffered stab wounds to the face and remained in serious, but stable condition at Harlem Hospital in Manhattan.

Officials say Kareem Allen, 29, of 8th Avenue in Harlem, was declared dead a short time later at Lincoln Hospital.

At the time officials reported that a 31-year-old male and a 33-year-old male were taken into custody, noting that charges were pending.

The source added, “The preliminary investigation determined that the three victims were assaulted in front of 256 East 138 Street following a dispute.” The official added, “The investigation is ongoing.”

Hours later, the NYPD released four photos of one individual, two photos from inside the club and two photos of the same man on the street. Police would like to question the man, who appears to be a young Hispanic male, with short dark hair and beard. He was wearing a red hooded jacket at the time of the incident.

The Oze Tavern last made headlines in March of 2014, when 3 people were stabbed, including a good Samaritan, who was slashed as he attempted to break up a fight on the street outside the club.

Calls to the club were not immediately returned.

The NYPD is asking anyone with information on the identity of the individual, or information on the incident and are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS, all calls remain confidential.

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