A Binghamton man was charged with murder in the deadly stabbing Thursday of another man inside a Main Street apartment, a crime that led to lockouts at nearby schools.
Mitchell C. Lindow, 29, is accused of repeatedly stabbing 36-year-old David B. Royes Jr. with a "bladed object" while Lindow was in the course of committing a burglary at the apartment, according to Binghamton police and court documents. Lindow was charged with a felony count first-degree murder and has been sent to the Broome County jail.
If convicted of the murder charge, Lindow could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
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Binghamton police were called shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday to a 110 Main St. apartment for a report of a disturbance with shots fired.
Upon arrival patrolmen found Royes, of Binghamton, with multiple stab wounds. Binghamton Police Capt. Cory Minor said investigators later determined no gunshots had actually been fired.
Royes was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries, according to police.
The stabbing was the cause of lockouts at four schools in the Binghamton City School District on Thursday due to the crime's close proximity, according to the Binghamton Police Department. A lockout means classes continue as normal, but nobody is allowed to enter or leave the buildings until further notice.
Royes' homicide is an ongoing investigation by the Binghamton Police, Minor said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Binghamton Police Detective Bureau at 772-7080.
This article originally appeared on Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin: Binghamton man charged in fatal stabbing in Main Street apartment