Mount Vernon Police make fatal stabbing arrest that capped Friday’s violent 8 a.m.


An arrest was made early Sunday in the murder of a 56-year-old New Rochelle man who was stabbed Friday night during an altercation at a taxi company, police said.

Rasheed Binns was arrested by Mount Vernon detectives and members of the FBI Westchester Safe Streets Task Force outside his North Bleeker Street home and later charged with first degree manslaughter in the death of Robert Higgins.

Binns’ fiancee, Leah Guy, 38, was also arrested and charged with obstructing the second degree prosecution, although police did not provide details of what she is accused of doing.

Higgins’ murder at New Line Taxi, 72 E. Third St., was one of four violent episodes in a five-block area over eight hours on Friday. Three victims in those other cases, two gunshots and one stab wound, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The murder took place shortly before 11 p.m. Friday. Fire and EMS were first called about an unresponsive man, but informed police it appeared he had been shot.

Higgins was taken to Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was determined to have been stabbed, not shot, during a fight at the back of the taxi rank, police said.

Police have not released any details about what the dispute was about. The manslaughter charge accuses Binns of causing Higgins’ death while intending to seriously injure him.

The other violent incidents began shortly after 2 p.m. in the Food Bazaar parking lot near East Third Street, where police responding to a report of gunshots found a 30-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg.

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Shortly before 8 p.m., a 45-year-old woman suffered a cut on her finger and two stab wounds to her arm near 107 S. Fourth Ave. She told police the stabbing followed an argument with her hairdresser.

Just over an hour later, a 42-year-old man was grazed by a bullet in the back of the neck when shots were fired near 43 E. Third St.

Anyone with information about any of the crimes is asked to call the Detective Division at 914-665-2510. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by texting “MVPD” and the tip to 847411.

Mike Randall contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Mount Vernon police are investigating the Friday shootings and stabbings


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