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