Four teens have been arrested in connection with a brawl Sunday night in which three ganged up on the fourth, who stabbed the other three, according to police and papers filed in court.
Edward M. Rosenberg, 18, of Colonie, faces two counts of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault, felonies. He is accused of stabbing Bruce VanEpps, Brandon Mischitelli and Joseph Tomaso Jr. just before 11:30 p.m. in Becker Street Park, just off Route 5.
VanEpps, 18, of Colonie, and Tomaso, 18, of Niskayuna, suffered the worst of the injuries, resulting in the first-degree assault charges against Rosenberg. The first-degree assault charges each carry a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.
Rosenberg is accused of using a pocket knife to stab VanEpps once in the abdomen, causing severe internal and external bleeding, according to papers filed in court. Tomaso suffered a stab wound resulting in tendon damage to his right hand from Rosenberg’s pocket knife, according to the court papers.
Rosenberg is accused of using the pocket knife to stab Mischitelli, 18, of Niskayuna, in the right leg.
That resulted in the lesser second-degree assault count.
All three are now out of the hospital. They each face their own charges, however, accused of attacking Rosenberg with their fists and feet, according to papers filed in court. They face one count each of second-degree assault.
They are accused of punching and kicking Rosenberg in the head and back, causing bleeding from his right ear and pain and numbness in his legs, according to papers filed in court.
Niskayuna police spokesman Detective Sgt. Daniel McManus declined to elaborate on the altercation or what may have sparked it, but he did confirm all four knew each other and police do not believe it was a random act.
Each of the four turned themselves in to police, McManus said. Three were arrested Thursday, the fourth, VanEpps, was arrested Friday.
All four have been arraigned in Town Court. Rosenberg was ordered held on $2,500 bail, Tomaso on $5,000 bail and VanEpps on $5,000 bail;, while Mischitelli was released on his own recognizance.