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Reading police continue search for suspects in deadly stabbing

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 16 2014 12:15:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 17 2014 07:13:00 AM CDT

Reading homicide

READING, Pa. -

Reading police are looking for at least three additional suspects in a deadly stabbing early Saturday morning. Three other people, including a teenager, are already charged in connection with the death.

A makeshift memorial stood on a bloody sidewalk near South Sixth and Spruce streets, where police said a 23-year-old man collapsed after a gang of six or seven men beat, then stabbed, him.

"I saw this kid running across there, over here, and there was other people chasing him," said Dorothy Stock, who lives directly in front of the memorial.

Police said it started as a fight in front of a nearby church.

"The victim engaged another male in a fistfight in the middle of the street," said Sgt. John Solecki, Reading Police Department. "It was just one against one."

That's when police said the other man's friends stepped in. According to Solecki, up to seven men chased the victim down the street, surrounding him, then beating and ultimately stabbing him to death.

Three men are already in custody. For now, they are charged with aggravated and simple assault. They are:

- Jefferson Capellan Ofarril, 23, of Pearl Street;
- Guillermo Almanza-Gonzalez, 18, of Pearl Street;
- Unidentified male, 17, or Pearl Street;

Solecki said all three are suspected to be gang members. He said the juvenile is being charged as an adult.

Reading police spent the afternoon searching the neighborhood for at least three more people still on the loose.

"It's a shame that he had to get killed the way he did, but you know me, hey, he's one of God's angels," said Stock.

More charges are likely once police figure out who actually stabbed the victim, according to Solecki. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.