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Victim, suspect identified in city's 4th homicide of 2014

By WKTV News

UPDATE: Utica Police Chief Mark Williams has announced that the victim of the homicide has been identified as Eugenio Correa, 19, of Philadelphia, PA.

Correa was the victim of multiple stab wounds.

The offense took place in front of 959 Bleecker Street, Utica.
 
The official cause and manner of death will be released once an autopsy is completed by the Onondaga Medical Examiner's office.
 
Police have also announced that an arrest has been made in this case.

The suspect's has been identified Pablo Contreras, 40, of Oneida Street, Utica (pictured above).

Contreras has been charged with murder in the second degree. More information will be released as it becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY:
 
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - With church bells ringing in the background Sunday morning, Utica Police tried to piece together clues about the city's fourth homicide of the year.
 
Police were called to the 900 block of Bleecker St. around 3:00 A.M. for the report of a man on the ground not breathing.
 
Utica Police Chief Mark Williams says when officers arrived, the adult male was deceased.
 
Chief WIlliams says besides the person's identity, police are not releasing any information about the condition of the the man's body or a possible cause of death, "We don't want to reveal at this time, because the investigation is fresh and ongoing and I have been asked by my Criminal Investigation Unit to hold off speaking about the manner of death until they start to get a real good handle on the investigation."
 
Last Saturday, July 26th, around 4:45 A.M., police were also called to this section of Bleecker St. for shots fired at or near the bar called Johnny Diamond's.  
 
While police were investigating, they were informed an adult male had appeared at St. Elizabeth Medical Center with a gunshot wound, and another adult male showed up at Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare for another gunshot wound.  
 
One was shot in the leg, one in the hand. Police said neither were cooperating with the investigation.
 
Officers say they found shell casings at the scene.
 
Police had to get a search warrant from a judge to search the premises of Johnny Diamond's because they say the owner of the bar wouldn't allow officers in to investigate.
 
Police say there's no reason right now to believe the two shootings are related, but anyone who may have information about the shootings last week, or Sunday morning's homicide is asked to call the Utica Police Criminal Investigation Division at (315)223-3510.

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