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MAN CHARGED IN FATAL STABBING OF WOMAN IN BAR

March 18, 2002 – A 42-year-old man was being held Monday on first-degree murder charges in connection with the stabbing death Saturday night of a woman police were told was his girlfriend.
Police Chief Novelle Francis said officers called to the Merengue Bar on Lower Kronprindsens Gade found the body of Susana Sanchez, also 42, lying in a pool of blood inside the premises. The woman had been stabbed multiple times, police said.
Officers also found Roberto "Cuquie" Medina at the scene, with "what appeared to be blood and scratches about his body," a release from the the office of Deputy Police Chief Theodore Carty on Monday said. Medina was charged with Sanchez's slaying.
Francis said police were called at 8 p.m. Saturday by a friend of the victim, saying the caller had not seen Sanchez for several hours.
Carty said police received a 911 call Saturday night that reported "suspicious activity and the closure of the bar," which the release described as a "home/business."
The police release stated that "Medina confessed to the stabbing death," saying it was the result of "having an altercation with Sanchez."
Both individuals are natives of the Dominican Republic, according to the release.
Radio One reported that Medina was unconscious when police found him. Francis said he had minor injuries and was taken to Roy L. Schneider Hospital for treatment and that he was interviewed by Major Crime Unit detectives on Sunday and subsequently arrested and charged with first-degree murder. No bail was set, according to the release.

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