WATERVLIET, N.Y. – Police have arrested several men after a stabbing led to the discovery of illegal immigration.
Watervliet Police say they responded to a report of a subject who had been stabbed at a 23rd Street apartment shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival officers located Froylan Martinez, 21, with a stab wound to his chest and a slashing wound to his hand.
Authorities say there were also four other occupants in the apartment. According to authorities, the men were Hispanic and there was a significant language barrier. With the help of an interpreter, Martinez identified his attacker.
Fidel DeJesus, 38 was taken into custody for allegedly stabbing the man over beer money.
Martinez was transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital to be treated for his stab wounds, including a punctured lung.
Police say that during the course of the investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents were called to the scene because police believed the men may be in the country illegally.
According to authorities, it was determined that Martinez, DeJesus, Alfonso Cruz-Guzman, 21, Alfredo Cruz-Guzman, 22 and Bonifacio Catarino Martinez, 32, were all in possession of fraudulent permanent resident cards and social security cards.
DeJesus was charged and arraigned in Watervliet City Court, with Assault 1st Degree, a felony. DeJesus and Alfredo Cruz-Guzman were also arraigned in Watervliet City court on Felony charge of Criminal Possession of a forged Instrument in the First Degree and remanded to Albany County Correctional Facility. Martinez was arraigned at Albany Med and will be under the supervision of the Albany County Sheriff's Department. Bonifacio Martinez and Alfonso Cruz-Guzman were detained by ICE agents for further investigation.
Police say that at this time, it appears that DeJesus was previously deported. Verification of the other subjects' status is pending investigation.
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