Bay Shore man arraigned in fatal stabbing
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A Bay Shore man who had been drinking at a house gathering in Central Islip started "menacing" guests with a kitchen knife before he fatally stabbed the homeowner, prosecutors said Monday.
Wilfredo Flores then ran out of Carlos Velasquez's home Sunday but others in the house chased him down the street and held him until police arrived, Assistant Suffolk County District Attorney Raphael Pearl said in First District Court in Central Islip.
Flores, 28, was arraigned Monday on a manslaughter charge in Velasquez's death. Flores remained in custody after District Court Judge Paul M. Hensley remanded him with bail set at $20 million cash or $60 million bond.
Flores' attorney, Kathleen Evers of Legal Aid, entered a not guilty plea.
"Apparently, right now there is no motive," Pearl said in an interview after the arraignment.
Pearl said Flores, who had consumed alcohol at Velasquez's, grabbed the knife from the kitchen and was "menacing the people at the party."
Velasquez then "stood in between" Flores and others in the home, Pearl said.
"The defendant approached him and stabbed him in the stomach," Pearl said.
Police arrived to find Velasquez, 40, in the street suffering from the stabbing, which occurred shortly before 9 p.m.
Flores was arrested Sunday after eyewitnesses identified him as the assailant, police said.
Velasquez later died at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.
Evers said her client had no criminal record and lived with a girlfriend and young child. She said he is employed but didn't say what his job was.
Flores is an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, Pearl said in court. Flores' next court date is scheduled for Friday in District Court.
Velasquez and his wife also were natives of El Salvador, a family friend said.
Family members at the couple's Pinewood Avenue home declined to comment.
Maria Guevara, a friend who has rented a room in the Velasquez home for five years, said Velasquez was a factory worker and the couple had a toddler daughter.
Velasquez's, wife, whom Guevara identified as Karen, has been crying since her husband was killed.
"She's not doing good," Guevara said.