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Nebraska Suspect Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Man After Fight Breaks Out Over Bicycle

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Source: Lincoln Police Department; UNSPLASH

Jul. 10 2022, Published 2:08 p.m. ET

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Police in Nebraska identified and arrested a suspect accused of fatally stabbing a man after the two got into a dispute over a bicycle, authorities said.

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Last week, officers in Lincoln took Steven Alexander, 34, into custody and charged him with manslaughter in connection to the death of 26-year-old Austin Gress, WOWT reported.

According to police, shortly before 9 p.m. on July 1, officers were dispatched to an alley near A’s Stop & Shop after a person phoned 911 and reported hearing a fight and then discovering Gress injured.

“Our investigation found Alexander stabbed Gress multiple times, including in the upper chest, during a fight behind a convenience store,” the Lincoln Police Department said in a statement, noting, “The entire fight was captured on nearby video surveillance.

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After the stabbing, Alexander fled the scene on foot, police said.

Gress died at the scene.


Law enforcement received tips about the deadly incident, and the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force and Criminal Investigation Team were able to locate the suspect at an apartment and take him into custody without incident, according to WOWT.

“Multiple tips, some more valuable than others, came in,” Assistant Chief Jason Stille said. “It helped us focus our effort in looking for different locations for him.”

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“Searching different locations, based on those tips, it was a cascading effect,” Stille continued. “I think the public has a role to play in the safety in the community, just as we do. And when the public is willing to come forward and provide information, this helps us quickly clear cases and I think this leads to a safer and more secure community.”

In addition to manslaughter, Alexander also faces charges of first-degree assault, and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.


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