Cops: Freeport man stabbed wife, set home ablaze

Nassau police said a Freeport man charged in the murder of his wife may have stabbed her before he allegedly poured an accelerant around the young mother and set their home ablaze. Videojournalist: Jim Staubitser (Sept. 4, 2012)

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A Freeport man accused of stabbing his young wife, pouring an accelerant around her and setting their home ablaze was jailed on a murder charge Tuesday.

The man, Loventino Cassadean, 49, had been out on bail on allegations from earlier this year that he molested a relative of the wife, Felicia Cassadean, 22, court records show.

Cassadean, of 117 Craig Ave., was charged with second-degree murder, the records show. He didn't enter a plea at his arraignment Tuesday but denied the charge through a court-appointed attorney, Gregory S. Zak. Cassadean, who was held without bail, wore a white jumpsuit, typically given to defendants whose clothes have been confiscated as evidence.

Court papers said Cassadean stabbed his wife "multiple times, with a knife."

Insp. Kenneth Lack, a spokesman for the Nassau County Police, said that it's "possible" he did so while she was in bed.

The Freeport police and fire departments had responded to a report of a fire around 6 a.m. Monday at the home, authorities said. The woman's body was found later in the front of the house.

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Cassadean flagged down an officer who had responded to the blaze, asked whether he was going to a house fire and then indicated he'd killed his wife, according to a law enforcement source.

Det. Lt. John Azzata, head of the homicide squad, which handled the investigation, said Cassadean set the bed and the floor on fire.

Cassadean has given a written statement to detectives describing his involvement in the crime and police have found physical evidence implicating him, Lack said.

Court records say the suspect said he has three children. It wasn't clear if any were Felicia Cassadean's or if they lived in the home. Felicia Cassadean's father, Mohamed Adeen, said his daughter had two children, both younger than 10.

In the molestation case, which dates from April, Loventino Cassadean was charged with third-degree criminal sex act, a felony alleging he engaged in sexual activity with someone too young to consent.

The allegations came to light when Freeport police went to the home in response to a domestic dispute, records show. That's when they found out the wife suspected him of molesting the girl in February, according to court records.

The case is pending, and Cassadean is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Cassadean had been free on $5,000 bail set by Judge Douglas J. Lerose of First District Court in Hempstead.

But Tuesday, Lerose, again serving arraignment duty, declined to set bail.

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