Suspect in Groom Stabbing Death Arraigned on Murder Charge

Antonio Lacertosa was stabbed early Saturday outside a restaurant.

Friday, Mar 23, 2012  |  Updated 12:17 PM EDT
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Man Stabbed to Death at Own Engagement Party

A Staten Island man was stabbed to death after a fight broke out at his engagement party early Saturday. Police responded to a 911 call at Espana Restaurant and Lounge in Annandale early Saturday and found Antonio Lacertosa bleeding from a stab wound to the torso, officials said. Gus Rosendale reports.
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A suspect in the fatal stabbing of a bridegroom-to-be outside a Staten Island restaurant has been arraigned on a second-degree murder charge.     

Redinel Dervishaj appeared Friday before Criminal Court Judge Alan J. Meyer on Staten Island. The 35-year-old suspect was arrested Tuesday in Palos Hills, Ill.

Authorities allege he had been hiding at an aunt's home after fleeing police.  

Antonio Lacertosa was celebrating his recent engagement with his fiancee when he was stabbed to death early Saturday outside The Espana Restaurant.     

The office of District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan Jr. says the defendant was ordered held until his next court appearance, on March 30.     

Defense attorney Thomas P. Reilly had no immediate comment.

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