7 charged in connection with deadly Reading stabbing

5 in custody, 2 on the loose, according to court records

READING, Pa. - Five of the seven people charged in connection with Saturday's deadly stabbing in Reading are now in custody, according to court documents.

At this point, all seven suspects are facing assault charges. Police said additional charges could be filed after authorities determine who stabbed the victim, 23-year-old Israel Maisonet.

In custody are Jesus Quintero, Hector Samot, Guillermo Almanza, Jefferson Cappellan and a 17-year-old boy.

The other two suspects, Jesus Lopez-Perez and Luis Segura, were still on the loose as of Sunday afternoon, according to court records.

All seven suspects are confirmed street gang members, according to court documents.

Masionet was stabbed around 2:45 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of South Sixth Street. Police said Maisonet was cornered by the seven suspects, beaten and stabbed, according to court documents.

Just before Maisonet was jumped by the group of men, he and one of the suspects, Almaza, were going to have a "fair fight," according to court documents. Another one of the suspects, Cappellan, said he was going to give Maisonet a "fair one."

During the fight, Maisonet knocked Cappellan to the ground and kicked him. After the second kick to Cappellan, the other suspects jumped Maisonet, according to court documents.

At first, Maisonet managed to escape the group of men, but was forced onto a front porch, where he was punched, kicked and stabbed, according to court documents.

Maisonet then "jumped off the porch and was grasping his abdominal area of his body," according to court records. "He then ran back to the east side of the street and collapsed between two parked vehicles."

An autopsy is being done Sunday afternoon.

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