Police investigate Hoffman’s death: Three arrested, arraigned

Cast member Philip Seymour Hoffman poses at the premiere of the film "A Most Wanted Man" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok/Invision)
Cast member Philip Seymour Hoffman poses at the premiere of the film "A Most Wanted Man" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok/Invision)

NEW YORK (AP) – Police are probing the cause of death of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the surrounding circumstances. Wednesday night three people were arrested in connection with the investigation and were arraigned.

Three people that police arrested during their investigation into Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death were arraigned in Manhattan Wednesday night.

Police made the arrests Tuesday night, after a tip led officers to a lower Manhattan apartment building saying the actor had been seen there and may have purchased heroin. Investigators confiscated more than 300 bags of heroin at the location.

Robert Vineberg faces a felony charge of heroin possession with the intent to sell.

Vineberg’s Attorney Edward Kratt said “He’s a 57-year-old gentleman and accomplished musician with no prior criminal record.”

Max Rosenblum and Juliana Luchkiw both were charged with misdemeanor drug possession. Their lawyers deny the two have any connection to the actor’s death.

“She is not a drug dealer. She’s a college student. She’s absolutely stunend and shocked,” said Luchkiw’s Attorney Steve Turano.

Rosenblum’s Attorney Daniel Hochheiser said, “He walked into a buzz saw and happened to be in an apartment next to the place, apparently, where Mr. Hoffman was known to get drugs, but he had nothing to do with it.”

Police state that at least one of the people arrested had Hoffman’s cell phone number.

The actor died Sunday of an apparent drug overdose.

The acting community is still mourning the loss of the Oscar and Tony award winner. Marquee lights were dimmed on Broadway for a minute last night in memory of Hoffman.

The medical examiner’s office said Hoffman’s autopsy was inconclusive and more tests are needed. A fourth person was arrested Tuesday but prosecutors declined to press any charges against that person.

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