Second suspect in Cincinnati Zoo stabbing that injured Bellbrook man arrested

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Man stabbed in throat at Cincinnati Zoo

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

UPDATE: 8:15 a.m. 

The second suspect accused in a stabbing at the Cincinnati Zoo last month has been arrested.

According to online court and jail records, Malik Abdul-Rauf, 40, has been arrested and charged in the stabbing that injured Stephen Yontz, of Bellbrook.

On Wednesday, Mark Lanham, 22, was arrested in connection to the stabbing.

Malik Abdul-Raul (Contributed Photo/Hamilton County Jail)

Malik Abdul-Raul (Contributed Photo/Hamilton County Jail)
Malik Abdul-Raul (Contributed Photo/Hamilton County Jail)

UPDATE @ 9:06 a.m. (Aug. 9):

Police have arrested Mark Lanham, 22, for felonious assault in connection to the stabbing at the Cincinnati Zoo late last month, according to our partners at WCPO.


UPDATE @ 1:38 p.m. (July 31):

The 22-year-old man stabbed during an altercation with two other men at the Cincinnati Zoo is from Bellbrook, according to a police report.

Stephen Yontz, 22, was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with a severe cut, the police report said.

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This news organization called the medical center seeking comment on Yontz’s condition but the hospital said there were no patients listed with that name.

According to the report, two suspects are wanted in connection to the crime.

A box cutter is also listed in the police report.

UPDATE @ 6:35 p.m. (July 30)

A man was stabbed in the throat during an altercation with two other men around 4 p.m. at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

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The other two men left the zoo after the stabbing, zoo Communications Director Michelle Curley told our media partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati police Sgt. Eric Franz said police have several descriptions of the suspects, but they are working on getting a solid description.

“Right now there are too many ... they are interviewing all the witnesses. It’s going to take a brief period to get a good, accurate description,” Franz told WCPO.

The investigation is ongoing, and Franz urged anyone with information to call police.


A man was cut in the throat this afternoon at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Police taped off a "very limited area" near the gift shop and train station after the man was stabbed just after 4 p.m., Cincinnati police Sgt. Eric Franz told our media partner WCPO in Cincinnati.

The zoo announced on its website that it is expecting “extremely large crowds” today because great weather and member’s morning. Members today receive hippo bath mats, donated by Saturday Knight LTD, while supplies last.

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The stabbing victim has serious injuries but they are not life-threatening, Franz said.

The zoo will not close, and there is no danger to the public, Franz told the TV station.

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