A 33-year-old man was stabbed to death on Varick Street in Utica early this morning after he and his friends got into a fight with other people, according to Utica Police.
No arrests have been made so far. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.
“Thursday night is always a big night for the bars down on Varick Street,” explained Police Lt. Bryan Coromato. Saranac Thursday ends at about 9 p.m., followed by continued revelry at the local bars. Police said the fight occurred at about 1:10 a.m. today.
Coromato said the victim and two of his “friends” were involved in a fight with other people at the corner of Varick and Cooper streets, and the fight traveled north up Varick Street. Officers responded to the 600 block and found the victim lying in the street with multiple stab wounds.
Police said the victim was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The victim’s friends were treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Coromato said the three men got into a fight with at least one other person, who committed the stabbing. “We’re trying to figure out if there are more,” the lieutenant said.
Coromato noted that they are speaking with witnesses on Varick Street and reviewing all available video surveillance footage from the area. He said investigators are trying to trace the victim’s steps to see their journey along Varick Street. He said he did not yet know if the victim and his friends patronized any of the bars on the street.
This is Utica’s second homicide in a week, as well as the second one involving a knife as the murder weapon. Bianca Devins, age 17, had her throat cut by her boyfriend in the early morning of Sunday, July 14, according to police. The boyfriend, Brandon Clark, is in custody for second-degree murder, authorities stated.
Anyone with information on the murder or the fight on Varick Street early this morning is asked to call investigators at 315-223-3510. All calls will be kept confidential.