Fatal stabbing outside North Shore bar leaves one man dead

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By Steve Pope | August 19, 2018

A North Hills man is charged with criminal homicide after police say he fatally stabbed a man during an altercation early Sunday outside a North Shore bar.

Police allege in a criminal complaint that Joden Rocco, 24, was the aggressor in a confrontation with Dulane Cameron, Jr. that started at approximately 2:00 a.m. outside Tequila Cowboy on North Shore Drive, that resulted in Rocco stabbing Mr. Cameron.

Paramedics pronounced Mr. Cameron dead at at 2:11 a.m.

Several witnesses told police that Mr. Cameron and his friend had walked away from Rocco after a brief argument. Rocco continued up North Shore Drive and attempted to gain entry into the Little Red Corvette bar, but was denied.

One of the witnesses said after Rocco was unable to get into the bar he approached Mr. Cameron and “resumed the confrontation.” The witness told police that Rocco produced a knife during the altercation and it appeared that both men swung at each other. Mr. Cameron, the witness said, “grabbed his neck, turned and ran but eventually collapsed after a short distance.”

After the stabbing, an off duty police officer who was working security at one of the bars chased Rocco a short distance, but lost sight of him.

Rocco who was not wearing a shirt, flagged down a detective and asked him for a ride home, but instead was driven back to the crime scene.

Video survelliance, police say, shows Rocco “being denied entry to the bar and begins walking east on North Shore Drive.  Rocco is seen bouncing on the balls of his feet and appearing to be very aggressive,” the complaint alleges.

Moments later Rocco is observed on video, “attacking [Mr. Cameron and his friend] and trying to punch them,” police allege in the complaint.   Rocco is then observed in the video placing an item in the rear of his pocket and fleeing the scene.

Police also say that Rocco briefly hid in some bushes next to Stage AE before he flagged down a detective and requested a ride home.

Rocco is being held in the Allegheny County Jail after being denied bond and faces a preliminary hearing on Aug. 31.

Steve Pope can be contacted at steve.pope@grantstreetnews.com

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