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West Babylon dispute leads to driver fatally stabbing man, cops say


Investigators are trying to determine where and how two unidentified males suffered what police said "appear to be stab wounds to their torsos" after they were found by police and emergency personnel responding to a 911 call March 25, 2016, in West Babylon. (Credit: James Carbone)

One man was stabbed to death and another was injured following a dispute between two motorists Friday morning in West Babylon, Suffolk police said.

Two cars were heading southwest on Straight Path when their occupants got into a dispute, said Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer, commanding officer of the Suffolk County police Homicide Squad.

The cars stopped at Commander Avenue about 9:20 a.m. and the driver of one vehicle stabbed both men from the other vehicle. One of the victims, Nyquan Banister, 22, of North Babylon, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The second victim, a 21-year-old man from North Babylon, was hospitalized and treated for non life-threatening injuries, police said. The injured man’s identity was not released.

Police said a 911 caller reported the stabbings.

The stabber was driving a white sport utility vehicle with out-of-state license plates, police said.

Homicide Squad detectives are investigating, and anyone with information on this stabbing is asked to call 631-852-6394 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.

With Candice Ruud

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