Peekskill stabbing victim ID'd; fight was over woman

Maurice Walker, 32, left, and Sunil Williams, 29, Maurice Walker, 32, left, and Sunil Williams, 29, are both charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Alexander Rochester, 23. Photo Credit: Peekskill Police Department

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A man stabbed to death on a Peekskill street Friday morning in a dispute over a woman has been identified.

Alexander Rochester, 23, a Peekskill resident who had just moved to the city from the Bronx, was killed Friday morning during a fight at the intersection of Washington and South streets, Peekskill Police Lt. Eric Johansen said Monday.

Mount Vernon resident Sunil Williams, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the killing.

Rochester got into an argument with Maurice Walker, 32, of Mount Vernon, who owns a barbershop on South Street in Peekskill, over a "mutual female acquaintance," Johansen said.

It isn't known how long Rochester and Walker knew each other, but "the dispute was a couple of weeks old," Johansen said.

Williams was visiting Walker's barbershop when the argument began and got into the dispute on Walker's side, Johansen said. The argument escalated until Williams attacked Rochester and fatally stabbed him multiple times, he said.

Police found Rochester bleeding just after 10:30 a.m. outside the barbershop. He was brought to Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor, where he later died.

Williams left the scene in his vehicle, but thanks to witness accounts police were able to find him hiding out at a friend's home on Elm Street, Johansen said.

Walker was charged with felony criminal possession of a forged instrument for having an invalid New York State barber's license, Johansen said, adding that more charges against him are possible as the investigation continues.

Both suspects have been held in the Westchester County Jail since Friday and are due before Peekskill City Court Judge William Maher today. Williams is represented by the Legal Aid Society; no attorney is yet listed for Walker, court officials said. A call to the Legal Aid Society for further information on Williams' representation was not immediately returned.

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