Syracuse Police arrest suspect in YMCA slashing

English Rogers

The man allegedly responsible for Saturday's slashing at the YMCA in Downtown Syracuse is in custody.

Syracuse Police found English Rogers in an apartment on South Avenue in Syracuse on Tuesday night.

Rogers was living at the YMCA prior to the attack. Police believe Rogers entered victim Matthew Jefski's room at the YMCA and slashed his throat.

Jefski's has been upgraded to serious condition with severe throat and neck injuries and, due to the severity of his injuries, cannot yet talk to police.

Police said Rogers' motive may have been robbery, but they do not yet know for sure. They said the media played a big role in Rogers being found.

"We put some pictures out to the media tonight [Tuesday]," said Sergeant Tom Connellan. "Those pictures ran again on the 11 o'clock news this evening. And at about 5 after 11, we started getting some phone calls into the Criminal Investigations Division."

Rogers was arraigned in Syracuse City Court on Wednesday and is being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center. Rogers is charged with first degree assault and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon. Police say more charges are possible after a review by the grand jury.