Suspect in fatal Burlingame stabbing outside office building charged with murder

BURLINGAME (BCN) — A suspect who allegedly stabbed a man to death outside a Burlingame office building earlier in July appeared in court on a murder charge.

Prosecutors have charged 28-year-old Rodney O’Neil Williams with murder for the July 7 stabbing death of Neil Lewis, 28, San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said Tuesday.

His bail was set at $50 million and he was ordered to return to court Thursday for arraignment, Guidotti said.

Williams was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service and Sacramento police at a Sacramento residence Friday, according to Burlingame police.

Police said Williams stabbed Lewis during a fight outside an office complex in the 1800 block of Gilbreth Road just before 6 p.m. on July 7.

Witnesses told police they saw two men fighting on the sidewalk in front of the building before one of them fell to the ground and the other fled in a red sedan.

Lewis was found suffering multiple stab wounds. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital but died there about 40 minutes later during treatment, police said.

The suspect was described as a black man in his 20s or 30s wearing a blue reflective safety vest, according to police. He fled south on Gilbreth.

Williams was brought back to San Mateo County, where he was booked into jail and remains without bail, according to police.

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