UTICA, N.Y. (WJW) — A man who began stabbing himself in the neck when approached by an officer is accused of killing a 17-year-old girl and posting photos of the homicide online, police said Monday, July 15.
Bianca Devins’ body was found Sunday underneath a tarp in Utica, New York, after an officer encountered the suspect, 21-year-old Brandon Clark, police said in a statement.
Clark had emergency surgery, but was expected to survive, police said.
The two attended a concert together Saturday night in New York City, where they got into some sort of argument at the venue. They arrived in Utica sometime in the early morning hours Sunday, and went to a location on a dead-end street, according to the statement.
The argument “progressed” until Clark used a large, black-handled knife to kill the teenager, the statement read.
The case was being investigated as a murder and attempted suicide, Utica police Lt. Bryan Coromato said.
Investigators believe the man posted pictures of the girl’s body online, where at least one of them was widely circulated, Coromato said.
Devins and Clark met on Instagram about two months ago, which turned into a “personally intimate” relationship, according to the statement.