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Police: Derrick Raker, 5th suspect named in stabbing, beating at Candlewood Suites arrested

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 21 2013 11:59:13 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 22 2013 05:36:32 AM CDT

Police have identified a fifth suspect in the assault of two men at a hotel in Berks County last week.

WEST READING, Pa. -

A fourth suspect has been arrested after two men were nearly beaten to death inside a hotel in Berks County last week.

Derrick Raker, of Laureldale, was linked to the brutal attack at the Candlewood Suites off Penn Avenue in West Reading Thursday.

Late Thursday Raker was arrested on Cotton Street in Reading.

The identification came after investigators held a news conference Wednesday, and announced the arrest of three other suspects.

Darkenya Markowski, 19, George Albright, 19, and Daniel Cruz, 21, were taken into custody following a massive raid at four homes in Reading. All three suspects all facing attempted homicide charges.

According to investigators, the five men nearly stabbed a man to death and beat another inside the hotel on March 14.

"It was a very violent scene to see the amount of blood in the room and what happened outside," said Det. Joe Brown, West Reading Police Department.

Another suspect, Tywaun Terrell, 20, is still on the loose.

Investigators said all five men have connections with the Bloods gang. Some of them can been seen in a rap video police said was shot in Reading. Ironically, it was shot outside the bodega where police used surveillance video to ID the suspects.

"We believe there is a link, that's why we feel it's very important that these individuals be put into custody immediately," said Adams.

Police have not determined a motive for the attack, but said Terrell and Raker will also face attempted homicide charges.

If you know the whereabouts of Terrell, you can call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913. A cash reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.