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DA: Man pleads not guilty to fatal stabbing outside Hempstead bar

Daniel Abrego Davila, 31, of the Bronx, was

Daniel Abrego Davila, 31, of the Bronx, was arraigned Wednesday, March 22, 2017, on an indictment related to the fatal stabbing of a landscaper outside a Hempstead bar in April 2016, prosecutors said. Credit: NCPD

A Bronx man arraigned Wednesday on an indictment related to the fatal stabbing last year of a landscaper outside a Hempstead bar could face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, prosecutors said.

Daniel Abrego Davila, 31, pleaded not guilty before state Supreme Court Justice Alan Honorof on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree gang assault, prosecutors said.

He was held without bail and is due back in court on April 7.

Prosecutors said Davila repeatedly stabbed Rolando Cruz, 39, shortly after 1 a.m. on April 10. Cruz had just left the Nuevo Arco Iris bar on Fulton Avenue when Davila and co-defendants William Lopez and Jorge Poshon “were allegedly attempting to get into the bar, but were refused entry by a bouncer,” prosecutors said in a news release.

“After an exchange of words between the victim and the three men, Cruz was allegedly corralled and a physical confrontation ensued,” the release said.

Davila used a knife to stab the victim about five times “in the neck, torso, arm and back,” prosecutors said.

All three men fled, but were later arrested.

Lopez previously pleaded not guilty to murder and gang assault, according to court records. Police arrested Poshon in January on a murder charge and court records show he is scheduled to be arraigned on an indictment charging murder, gang assault and a weapon charge.

“Because of the senseless brutality alleged in this indictment, Rolando Cruz lost his life, and his family lost a beloved son and brother,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement.


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