2 more arrested in UConn stabbing case

VERNON -- University of Connecticut police arrested two additional people Thursday in connection with the murder of UConn football player Jasper Howard, charging them with interfering with the investigation.

Rahim Muhammad, a 22-year-old Bloomfield man, was charged with two counts

of hindering prosecution in the first degree, interfering with an officer and tampering with evidence.

Muhammad appeared briefly in Rockville Superior Court on Friday. His bond was set at $100,000 and his case was continued to Jan. 8.

Hadiyah Vanover, a 22-year-old Windsor woman, was charged with interfering with an officer and tampering with a witness. During Vanover's appearance before Judge Terence Sullivan, her bond was set at $50,000 and her case continued to Jan. 8.

Howard was stabbed Oct. 18 after a party at the UConn Student Union was interrupted by a fire alarm. John Lomax, 21, has been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit assault in the case. Hakim Muhammad has been charged with conspiracy to commit assault.

Rahim Muhammad lives on Barry Circle in Bloomfield, at the same address as Hakim Muhammad. Both men, along with Lomax, were employed at Intechra in Windsor.

According to police, Rahim Muhammad "moved or concealed evidence" relating to Howard's murder.

Vanover, whom police describe as an acquaintance of the other men charged, is accused of trying to "coerce a person with knowledge" of the case into not cooperating.

Yet another man who has been charged with crimes relating to the incident, De'Quan Muhammad, appeared in court Friday and had his case continued to Jan. 8. De'Quan Muhammad is charged with making a false statement and hindering prosecution.

Police have arrested a total of eight people in connection with the fight and the stabbing.

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