Rome Police Officer honored for actions in September stabbing death
ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Rome Police officer received a high honor this week for his quick actions in a 2011 stabbing death.
On Monday, April 23, Rome Police Officer Frederick J. Carnevale received a Law Enforcement Commendation Award from the Central New York Association of Chiefs of Police (CNYACOP).
CNYACOP represents Chiefs of Police throughout eight counties in the Central New York Area.
Officer Carnevale received the award for his actions on September 27, 2011 when, around 3:45 a.m., he was traveling northbound on Depeyster Street at the intersection with Lawrence Street in the City of Rome and was about to conduct a traffic stop on a small white passenger vehicle when he observed a large crowd on Lawrence Street that appeared to be involved in a dispute.
Officer Carnevale turned around and proceeded towards the large group that was walking in the area. As he approached, he observed what appeared to be a physical altercation amongst numerous people and requested backup. The office saw an unknown suspect flee the scene and run southbound on Lynch Street and noticed that one male had been stabbed three to four times in the torso.
The officer immediately requested AmCare Ambulance and Rome Fire Rescue, which responded to the scene to address the injured male, later identified as Stephan Lapointe. Lapointe was unconscious at the time and died soon after as a result of his injuries.
Witnesses at the scene stated they did not know the suspect nor knew why he had stabbed Lapointe. Officer Carnevale immediately radioed the suspect's description to other units in the vicinity who began an area check and immediately attempted to track the suspect's flight with the aid of his canine partner, Uki, but the track was unsuccessful.
While looking for physical evidence, Officer Carnevale observed fresh footprints in the grass at the south corner of Lynch Street at Louisa Street. He attempted a second track, but again, the track was unsuccessful.
He returned to the area and observed an unknown black male standing at the corner of Bouck Street at Erie Boulevard West who fit the physical description of the suspect, but the clothing description did not match.
Officer Carnevale approached the subject and asked him for his name. The subject identified himself using a fictitious name and gave two different dates of birth. The name given to Officer Carnevale was for a person located in New York City whose description did not match that of the subject. The officer then escorted the subject to the Rome police station, where he was interviewed by the Rome Police Department Detective Division.
During the interview, the subject identified himself as Terrence Dames, who admitted to stabbing Stephan Lapointe.
As a direct result of Officer Carnevale's response and immediate actions, Dames was apprehended and has since pled guilty to First Degree Manslaughter. Terrence Dames has been sentenced to 24 years in State Prison.