3rd suspect arrested in February stabbing

Manuel Pelaez, 21, of Riverhead, is the third Manuel Pelaez, 21, of Riverhead, is the third person to be charged in the stabbing attack on a 23-year-old man on Feb. 23. in Inwood. (June 25, 2013) Photo Credit: NCPD

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A man being sought in connection with a stabbing that occurred in February in Inwood was apprehended early Tuesday in Riverhead, Nassau County police said.

Manuel Pelaez, whose cousin had been arrested in May and charged in the stabbing, was arrested by officers from the Special Investigations Gang Squad, the police department Fugitive Squad and the U.S. Marshals New York and New Jersey Fugitive Task Force.

Pelaez, 21, arrested at his home at 5 Wilson Ave. at 5:33 a.m., was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree gang assault, first-degree and second-degree assault and fourth-degree possession of a dangerous weapon.

He is the third person arrested in connection with the stabbing attack on a 23-year-old man at 4:18 a.m. Feb. 23.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was at the Carisma Restaurant on Mott Avenue in Lawrence when police said he recognized Erick Pelaez, 27, and Sergio Acosta, 18, as well as a man now identified as Manuel Pelaez, in the restaurant -- and decided to leave. Police said that as the victim walked home he was accosted by the three near his residence in Inwood and, after being struck "repeatedly about the body," was dragged behind his house and stabbed "multiple times" in the throats, arms and legs. The trio then fled.

The victim's recovery from the attack was not immediately known on Tuesday.

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Erick Pelaez, of 85 Lawrence Ave., North Lawrence, was arrested May 4. Acosta, of 58 Henry St., Inwood, was arrested May 31. Both face the same charges as Manuel Pelaez, police said.

Court records indicate that both Erick Pelaez and Acosta were remanded without bail after their arraignments.

Manuel Pelaez faces arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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