Teen arrested in fatal stabbing of girl inside New Rochelle Dunkin’ Donuts

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — A 16-year-old girl turned herself in to police Thursday in the fatal stabbing of another teen girl inside a Dunkin' Donuts following a dispute spanning multiple blocks, according to investigators.

Investigators provided a flyer showing Z’Inah Brown, who they say fatally stabbed a teen girl at a New Rochelle Dunkin' Donuts on Jan. 11, 2017.

The victim, Valaree Schwab, 16, was stabbed twice with a steak knife in the left torso area allegedly by Z’Inah Brown on Wednesday afternoon, New Rochelle Police Department Capt. Joseph Schaller New Rochelle said.

Brown, 16, of Yonkers, had been sought by police, who called on the public to help find her.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, she surrendered to authorities and booked for second-degree murder, police said.

Police said the Westchester district attorney will ultimately decide what charges Brown will be arraigned on later Thursday.

Shwab and Brown were in a fight starting at a McDonald's on North Avenue that continued for multiple blocks and ended at a Dunkin' Donuts on the same street around noon Wednesday, Schaller said.

Five to six female and male "youths" were also involved in the altercation, according to Schaller.

It is not known what the fight was about, but the victim is believed to have used or attempted to use pepper spray at some point, Schaller said.

Schwab was stabbed in the Dunkin' Donuts, and transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Both Schwab and Brown attended New Rochelle High School, according to school officials.

"Our hearts go out to all who have been touched by this tragic occurrence," the school stated on its website. "This is a devastating loss for our school community, and our deepest condolences go out to Valeree's family and friends."

Grief counselors were present at the school Thursday for anyone who needs help following Schwab's death.

When asked why a girl from Yonkers attended a school in New Rochelle, school officials on Thursday said there are many legal reasons behind such a decision, and they could not divulge which were applicable in Brown's case.

Also on Thursday, the school district addressed a social media threat allegedly made against the high school following Schwab’s death.

Administrators and police investigated and found the treat not credible, but extra police will be on campus to ensure everyone’s safety, according to school officials.

“We are aware of a specific alleged threat against New Rochelle High School was circulated on social media. The New Rochelle Police Department, with cooperation from the District, investigated the alleged threat and determined it to be unfounded. Thank you to those who brought the matter to our attention,” the school stated online.

Anyone with information about the fatal stabbing are asked to contact Det. Lt. Chris Hearle at 654-2263.

Below, investigators discuss the investigation: 

Clarification: Police initially provided a different spelling of the victim's first name.

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