OTHA WILLIAMS TURNS HIMSELF IN

At about 9:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10 Otha ‘Lee” Williams, 20, of the Bronx, NY was picked up by Ramapo detectives at the 48th pct NYPD, where he had turned himself in.

Williams is charged with menacing 2nd charges,related to his actions on June 9 on Hickory Street. Williams is being processed  in Ramapo.

Police said Williams is not the homicide suspect in the case where 22-year-old Riccardo Barrett was killed at a Hillcrest birthday party, but he is an associate of the suspect.

Williams matches the physical description of a man who allegedly pulled a gun during a verbal altercation outside the party and threatened multiple people. Police explained Williams was staying at his friends’ house across the street.

Otha Williams, charged with menacing. No murder charges have been filed in the stabbing death of Riccardo Barrett, 22, as yet
Otha Williams, charged with menacing. No murder charges have been filed in the stabbing death of Riccardo Barrett, 22, as yet

The murder occurred when Barrett was walking by the party with his girlfriend and attempted to diffuse a verbal altercation between the shooter and others. Though initial reports indicated a gun was drawn by the suspect, who threatened Barrett before shooting him, a medical examiner report revealed he was stabbed instead.

“The Rockland County Medical Examiner has determined that the cause of death in this homicide is due to a stab wound to the chest,” Captain Brad Wiedel of the Ramapo Police Department explained.

Barrett was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel before being brought to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police with the county’s Rescue Entry and Counter Terrorism Team were called in on a report that Williams ran back inside his friends’ house after the incident. Though they did not apprehend Williams, they did bring another man in for questioning.

Police also questioned more than a dozen witnesses. Information on the case may be provided by calling the Ramapo Police Department at 845-357-2400.