The man charged in the stabbing of another man during a dispute on West Main Street last week has been indicted on attempted murder, assault and weapon possession charges.
Ronald Oscal Cruz, 29, of Calverton was indicted on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, Suffolk District Attorney Raymond Tierney announced this afternoon.
The victim of the stabbing, identified by the district attorney as Oscar Neri Reyes, 36, of Riverhead, suffered multiple knife wounds to his back with lacerations to his stomach, spleen, pancreas and colon, causing “massive blood loss,” Tierney said. He underwent emergency surgery at Peconic Bay Medical Center and was subsequently airlifted to South Shore Hospital in Bay Shore, where he had more surgery. He nearly died during the airlift to Bay Shore and “remains in the hospital battling to recuperate from his life-threatening wounds,” Tierney said.
Riverhead Police said in a press release last week a plain clothes police officer observed a dispute between two men in the area of Griffing Avenue and West Main Street at about 10:45 p.m. on July 18.
The officer radioed patrol cars and headquarters and then saw one of the men chase the other, police said. The shirt of the man being chased was “soaked in blood,” according to the police press release. He crossed West Main Street and then collapsed to the ground in front of 11 West Main Street.
The man who was chasing him, later identified as Oscal Cruz, then began to run from the area, westbound on West Main Street, police said. The officer chased him.
Oscal Cruz was apprehended a short distance away on West Main Street and was found to be in possession of a large kitchen knife that was covered in blood, police said.
At his arraignment today on the indictment, Oscal Cruz was ordered held on $1 million cash bail/$2 million bond or $5 million partially secured bond.
Oscal Cruz is being represented by Legal Aid Society. His next court date is Aug. 16.
Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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