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Cops: Arrest in stabbing at St. James Funeral Home

Rafael Rojas Jr., 37, of Patchogue, was arrested

Rafael Rojas Jr., 37, of Patchogue, was arrested late Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, and faces an assault charge after a man was stabbed shortly before 8 p.m. at St. James Funeral Home on Middle Country Road, police said. Credit: SCPD

A Patchogue man faces an assault charge in connection with a stabbing at a St. James funeral home, Suffolk County police said.

Rafael Rojas Jr., 37, was arrested late Monday after a man was stabbed shortly before 8 p.m. at St. James Funeral Home, 829 Middle Country Rd., police said.

Police did not have details of the stabbing but said the victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Rojas was arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip and held pending a bail of $120,000 bond or $40,000 cash. An order of protection was also issued against him.

Fire officials said they believe the stabbing victim was involved in a dispute during a service Monday night.

The Nesconset Fire Department responded to the call, said Albert Anderson, an assistant chief with the department.

First responders found a man sitting on the floor inside the funeral home with a stab wound to his back, bleeding but breathing, Anderson said, describing the injury as a surface wound. A service was in progress at the time, Anderson said.

A man who answered the phone at the funeral home declined to comment.

With Ellen Yan and

Lauren R. Harrison

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