Three people charged in connection with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death

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WEST VILLAGE, Manhattan (PIX11) – Three people were charged in connection with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman Wednesday, as a vigil was held in Manhattan for the dead actor.  All three were remanded and held behind bars without a bail hearing.

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Defendant Juliana Luchkiw, 22, reacts with surprise during her court appearance. (Photo/Pool)

Max Rosenblum, Juliana Luchkiw and Robert Vineberg were arrested along with a fourth man in the building on Mott street and Houston. One of the men was released as police determined he was visiting the suspects and had no direct connection to the alleged 300 packets of heroin found in the suspects’ apartments.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his West Village apartment of an apparent drug overdose (Getty Images)

Vineberg is of particular interest to investigators as a source tells PIX11 he was in possession of Hoffman’s cell phone number. His lawyer, Edward Kratt, told reporters outside court he fears his client will be made a scapegoat “[Vineberg] is a 57-year-old accomplished musician with no priors.”

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57-year-old Robert Vineberg points at photographers in court. (Photo/Pool)

All three suspects have been charged with criminal possession with intent to sell, and will be back in court February 14th.

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Max Rosenblum, 22, was indicted on charges of misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Earlier Wednesday, preliminary autopsy results for Hoffman came back inconclusive. More tests, including for toxicology, will be required to determine the exact cause of death.



  • scallywagy

    What is not adding up about this story? A washed up musician who chooses peddling drugs but only conveniently last week, a musician who only had friends drop by his studio to play music, a musician down on his luck who can somehow afford two apartments in the ritzy downtown and best he would have advised Philip Seymour Hoffman to take it easy? Since when does a heroin dealer care about his customers, even fallen heroes ?

  • Jerry

    Wow it's amazing that some people was caught if it happen in the Bronx for a low life good luck finding them but it was a big time star police work over time too find them well that how it is rip Philip

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