Four Arrested in Connection with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death
New York City police took four people into custody Tuesday night, following a tip that they were the dealers who sold Philip Seymour Hoffman the heroin that caused his death over the weekend. The four–three men and one woman–were arrested at an apartment on Mott St. in Chinatown after a tip was phoned in to police.
Three of those arrested, Robert Vineberg, 57; Juliana Luchkiw, 22; and Max Rosenblum, 22, lived in the building, while Thomas Cushman, 48, did not. Cushman was charged with misdemeanor possession while Luchhkiw, Rosenblum and Vineberg were arrested on charges of criminal use of paraphernalia and cirminal possession of a controlled substance, according to the Daily News. In addition to arresting the four, police seized more than 350 bags of heroin from three apartments in the building.
Police are not sure if the four are the source of the drugs that killed Hoffman, or if they are a part of a larger drug ring.
Police have, however, ruled out one theory about Hoffman’s death, saying the heroin in his West Village apartment did not contain fentanyl, a pain reliever. Heroin laced with fentanyl is responsible for the deaths of more than 20 people in Pennsylvania recently.
Preliminary results from Hoffman’s autopsy are expected to be released later today.
Meantime, the lights on Broadway will dim tonight, in honor of the actor who was nominated for three Tony Awards. A representative for Hoffman announced yesterday that friends and family will mourn Hoffman at a private funeral ceremony, but that a larger public memorial service is being planned for later this month.