Cops: Fight leads to Oceanside house fire

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After being stabbed and slashed with a kitchen knife, an Oceanside man bought gasoline Tuesday and set on fire the house where both he and his attacker live, police said.

Both men were later arrested.

Suave Pereira, 18, of 2905 Court St., was charged with second degree arson, and Howard Brigham, 57, of the same address, was charged with second degree assault and possession of a dangerous weapon.

During an altercation at their home, Pereira was stabbed and cut by Brigham numerous times, Nassau police said. Pereira then went to a hospital, where he was treated for wounds to his face, arm, hip and hand, police said.

After leaving the hospital, Pereira purchased gasoline and a lighter at a local gas station, and returned to the house, police said. Several people were in the house at that time, 4:20 a.m., police said, when Pereira poured the gasoline on the back porch and lit it, and then left the area.

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Neighbors were able to extinguish the fire, police said, and Pereira was located in Franklin Square. He was arrested about 6:15 a.m., police said.

Brigham was asked by detectives to go to the Fourth Precinct in Hewlett where Pereira was being held, and there Brigham was arrested at 12:30 p.m., police said.

Both Pereira and Brigham were to be held overnight and to be arraignment Wednesday in First District Court, Hempstead.

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