Police: Binghamton stabbing death suspect turns himself in, charged with murder


After a Binghamton man died in a weekend stabbing, the man police were looking for as a person of interest has turned himself in.

Binghamton Police have charged Juan Lopez, 25, with murder in the 2nd degree.

They say he will be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

Binghamton Police responded to a disturbance in the parking lot of Town & Country Apartments at 100 Roberts Street around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Shortly after arriving, police learned that Santos Echevarria, 31, of Binghamton, had been transported to an area hospital.

Police say shortly after arriving at the ER, Echevarria was pronounced dead.

Police say Lopez had fled from the scene and was gone prior to officers arriving on scene.

On Monday afternoon, Binghamton Police announced that they were looking for Lopez as a person of interest in the case.

They say Lopez surrendered himself to Binghamton Police shortly before midnight on Monday.

Police say Lopez is originally from Puerto Rico, and that it is believed he has been residing in the Binghamton area for approximately two years.

“The full-court press was put on by the detectives and we believe Mr. Lopez knew the pressure was coming and it was just a matter of time before he was located so he surrendered himself,” said Binghamton Police Chief Joe Zikuski.

Zikuski says the suspect and the victim knew each other and the stabbing was the result of an argument.

Police say a knife was used, but they have not recovered it.

Zikuski says a few people did witness the incident, which assisted the investigation.

Lopez-Laboy was arraigned this afternoon, where he pled not guilty. 

We will update this story as we receive new information.

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