Oneonta murder under investigation

Oneonta Police investigating Dietz St. alley murder

‘Not believed to be random attack,’ say police

The City of Oneonta Police Department says it is investigating the May 30 murder of a 24-year-old Oneonta man, identified as Kaleb J. O’Neill.

According to a press release issued at noon on May 31, “At 8:10 p.m. the Oneonta Police Department received a 911 call of a male being stabbed in the alleyway of 6 Dietz Street. Officers and Oneonta Fire Emergency Medical were dispatched to the area. Upon arrival, responders located Mr. O’Neill in the alleyway, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Responding members administered aid and he was subsequently transported to A.O. Fox Hospital by Oneonta Fire Department Ambulance and Paramedics, where he was later pronounced deceased.

“The New York State Police (NYSP) Forensic Identification Unit and the NYSP canine unit were called to the scene and an attempt to locate the suspects was undertaken but revealed no other information at this time. There is little information in regard to the suspect(s) in this case but it is not believed to be a random attack. As such, there appears to be no ongoing risk to public safety.

“This case remains under investigation by the Oneonta Police Department in conjunction with the the NYSP Oneonta Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Major Crimes Unit.

“Anyone with additional information on this investigation is asked to contact the Oneonta Police Department Detective Division at (607)-432-1111.”


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