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Paterson man charged with murder in deadly YMCA stabbing

By Jonathan Greene
Published: August 7, 2021

Jasmir-Cleaves

A city man has been charged with murder for allegedly stabbing a man to death inside the YMCA building in downtown Paterson, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Jasmir Cleaves, 32, has been charged with murder, two counts of possession of a knife for an unlawful purpose, and two counts of unlawful possession of a knife.

Cleaves was arrested on Friday, hours after the stabbing. Police arrived at 128 Ward Street at around 12:10 p.m. and found the victim — Gabrae Sams, 29-year-old of Paterson – lying on the hallway floor with stab wounds.

Sams was rushed to Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center, but did not survive.

Cleaves allegedly stabbed him. He was arrested at around 6:45 p.m. after an interview at the police headquarters.

Cleaves faces life in prison if convicted.


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