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Stabbing at GRACE Marketplace leads to arrest

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Abiel Llanes Brito, 22, was arrested early this morning after allegedly stabbing another resident at GRACE Marketplace.

According to the arrest report, Llanes Brito and the victim had been engaged in an ongoing verbal altercation, and the victim used his forearm to push Llanes Brito into a wall. Llanes Brito pulled a knife out of his backpack and stabbed the victim multiple times.

The victim told officers that he had lent his phone to someone and that Llanes Brito had then taken the phone. When the victim tried to retrieve the phone, the altercation turned physical, and he was stabbed multiple times.

Post Miranda, Llanes Brito reportedly told officers that he had been asleep when he woke with the victim on top of him. He said the victim was reaching over him to do something to a female nearby. Llanes Brito said he went outside to call an employee, but the victim followed him, knocked his phone out of his hands, then fled. Llanes Brito said the victim returned about 10 minutes later and knocked the phone out of his hand again. The victim then pinned Llanes Brito against the wall, pushing his forearm into Llanes Brito’s throat. Llanes Brito said he stabbed the victim in the hand; when he did not let go, he stabbed him again. At this point, both had moved away from the wall, and Llanes Brito allegedly continued to stab the victim. After they fell to the ground, Llanes Brito allegedly reached around the victim and began stabbing him in the back and side. The fight was then broken up. Llanes Brito said he was in fear for his life but then said he didn’t think the victim would have tried to kill him.

Llanes Brito has been charged with aggravated battery causing harm or disability and is being held without bail.

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Llanes Brito accepted a deferred prosecution agreement in December 2021 on a 2019 petit theft charge, agreeing to refrain from violating any law for four months from that date. His address was also listed as GRACE Marketplace on the 2019 arrest report.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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