Police Release Names Of Victim And Suspect In Poe Street Homicide
Utica Police have released the names of the victim and suspect in Sunday's homicide on Poe Street.
Police say the victim is 17-year-old Bianca Devins of Utica. Her alleged killer is 21-year-old Brandon Andrew Clark of Bridgeport.
Clark, who was found with significant injuries, was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital.
UPD Lt. Bryan Coromato says Clark has been charged with second-degree murder.
Coromato says the two met on social media and had a relationship for two to three months.
He says the two had returned from a concert in New York City on Saturday night and had driven to Poe Street, where Clark's vehicle was found.
Police also say Clark posted photos of the killings on the social media platform Discord.
They're actively working with the various social media platforms to address the sharing and distribution of those images.
The investigation into the incident is continuing.
The homicide lead to a delay of the Boilermaker Road Race.
The family of Bianca Devins released the following statement:
We are very grateful for the outpouring of love and sympathy we have received from our Friends, Family, Bianca’s Friends and the whole community. Your prayers help to strengthen us through this difficult time. Bianca, age 17, was a talented artist, a loving sister, daughter, and cousin, and a wonderful young girl, taken from us all too soon. She is now looking down on us, as she joins her cat, Belle, in heaven. Bianca’s smile brightened our lives. She will always be remembered as our Princess. Bianca graduated from T. R. Proctor High School this past June and was looking forward to attending MVCC in the fall.”
***READ PRESS RELEASE FROM UPD***
On Sunday July 14, 2019 at approximately 7:20AM Oneida County Dispatch received numerous calls informing them that a male individual had posted to a social media site that he had killed his girlfriend, and was threatening to harm himself. It was posted that this occurred in Utica, NY, and as such, The Utica Police Department began an in-depth search for the male and female.
The male in question then called 911 himself and made incriminating statements with respect to the homicide. He also was alluding the fact that he was going to harm himself. After determining that the calls were originating on Poe St in City of Utica, officers were dispatched to that location. Poe St is a dead end street, which runs east to west from Culver Ave. The street terminates into a wooded area where the first arriving officer located a black SUV with a male lying on the ground beside it. The officer approached this male, and almost immediately, he began to stab himself in the neck with a knife. The officer requested emergency medical care, and the Utica Fire Department arrived soon after.
After attempting to injure himself, he laid down across a green in color tarp that was on the ground some distance away. The officer immediately noticed brown hair protruding from beneath the tarp and inquired as to where the injured female was. The male advised him that the female was beneath the tarp, and proceeded to pull out a cell phone. It was at this time that is believed that the male took self-photographs of himself laying across the deceased female.
Other officers arrived within moments, and together they engaged the male. They were able to disarm the male, and after a brief struggle, they took him into custody. He was then transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. His injuries were severe; however, he is expected to survive. An interview with him will be undertaken today, and following that charges will be levied.
As more personnel arrived on scene, the investigation commenced. Officers and investigators needed to verify the condition of the female underneath the tarp, and as such, it was pulled back. Once this occurred, it was learned that a young female had suffered extensive injuries to her neck, and was obviously deceased. Numerous items of evidentiary value were located immediately around the body, as well as in and around the black SUV.
To continue the investigation we had to determine the relationship between the male and female involved. A tentative identification had been developed at this time, and we began to explore her history. With respect to their relationship, it was learned that the two had met on the social media platform Instagram approximately two months ago. They utilized this as a means of communication primarily, and their relationship progressed into a personally intimate one. They had spent time together, and were acquainted with each other’s families.
On Saturday July 13th, 2019 the two had planned to go to a concert together in New York City. Information that we have received is that they in fact did go to the concert, arriving around 7:30PM. They left the venue and proceeded back to Utica sometime after 10:00PM. It is believed that some sort of argument ensued at the venue that precipitated the following engagement between the two.
Sometime during the early morning hours of Sunday July 14, 2019 the two arrived back in Utica and proceeded to the Poe St location. The investigation revealed that the argument progressed until the male produced a large, black handled knife, and used this to inflict the injurires that caused her death.
During this time it is believed that he took and distributed photographs of the killing on the Discord platform. Members of Discord then viewed the images and posts and contacted the Utica Police Department.
We can confirm that the images distributed of both the victim and the offender’s injuries are authentic and occurred at the time of the incident. We are actively working with the various social media platforms to address the sharing and distribution of these images.
The name of victim is this incident is Bianca Devins, age 17 of Utica NY
The offender, Brandon Clark, age 21, has a current address of Bridgeport/Cicero NY
We offer our condolences to the family of Bianca Devins and are assisting in every way we can. Attached to this release is a photograph and statement from Bianca’s family. They are currently being assisted with media inquiries by Romanelli Communications. To sign up for notifications if/when the family makes further statements or details regarding services, please go to www.romanelli.com/media .This web page should be live this evening and will be updated from time to time. Notifications will be sent to all who register at the site.
The Utica Police Department will be granting requests for individual interviews and statements. We ask that you contact the Public Information Officers, Lt. Bryan Coromato or Sgt. Michael Curley to schedule these.
The Utica Police Department takes the offenses and claims of Domestic Violence seriously. We seek to be at the forefront in assisting victims and their families and preventing these acts from occurring. We ask the public that if you or someone you know are affected, please contact the Utica Police Department at 315 735 3301 and ask for our Domestic Violence Unit.
As an aside, this incident was occurring as the Boilermaker 15K Road Race was about to begin, and as such the start of the race had to be delayed approximately twenty minutes. This event had no affiliation with the race, and no race participants were involved or affected in anyway. We thank the staff and volunteers of the Boilermaker for their assistance, and thank the runners for their patience and understanding during the incident.