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Suspect in Brandon stabbing caught in Pennsylvania

A Kissimmee man accused of a stabbing in Brandon was arrested Friday night in York, Pa., authorities said.

Esteban Merchan, 19, was caught by U.S. Marshals and the York police. He is accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in a Dec. 29 incident at a home on Oakwood Avenue in Brandon.

Three people died and one man was wounded in the attack.

Merchan and Prentiss "Dollar" Jackson were among five people who went to the residence, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said previously. Tony Black and Vincent Thomas, both 22, were ultimately shot to death. Jackson, of Orlando, has been charged with two counts of murder. One other person, Rafael Guadalupe, 21, was stabbed to death about 20 feet away.

Black and Thomas were together in a backyard shed and game room at Thomas' home when Merchan pulled a knife on Black and started stabbing him in the shoulder and back, the Sheriff's Office said.

When Thomas stepped in to try to help Black, deputies said, Jackson shot Thomas. Then, deputies say, Jackson turned his gun on Black and fired again.

After the killings, deputies said, Jackson and Merchan ran from the back yard to the front yard, where they confronted a fourth man. Ralph Arroyo, 21, had been sitting in the front passenger seat of a Nissan Altima. Arroyo was stabbed but survived, and Merchan was charged in the attack.

Suspect in Brandon stabbing caught in Pennsylvania 01/09/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 9, 2010 2:35pm]
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