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Police say fingerprints link suspect to Allentown stabbing attack

Suspect due in court Tuesday for hearing

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Authorities allege that fingerprints found on the discarded possessions of a stabbing victim led them to a suspect in the attack.

Allentown police charged Henry X. Resto-Colon with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and robbery in connection with the Oct. 31, 2017, attack of Matilde Malave inside his North Bradford Street home. The 30-year-old Resto-Colon is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning in Lehigh County Central Court.

Officers responded to Malave’s home in the 300 block of North Bradford Avenue in Overlook Park to investigate a report of a stabbing or shooting victim. When police arrived, the found Malave on the kitchen floor with multiple stab wounds to his torso.

He was taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital for emergency surgery.

Malave’s family reported in October that the 68-year-old had answered his door the morning of the attack to find a man asking for a cigarette.

Investigators discovered that the victim’s cell phone was missing. It was reportedly found hours later in a garbage bin in the 700 block of West Washington Street, which is more than two miles from his home. Police also learned that the attacker ripped several gold necklaces from Malave’s neck and took several gold rings from his hands during the stabbing.

Police said the phone was in a garbage bag along with a pair of jeans, a sweatshirt, shoes and a yellow hand towel all stained with what appeared to be blood. The items were recovered and sent to a Pennsylvania State Police lab for analysis.

Allentown police investigators reported they were able to lift fingerprints from some of the items in the garbage bag, which were also submitted to the state police crime lab for analysis.

State police in November identified the fingerprints as Resto-Colon’s. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested him less than two weeks later on an unrelated charge at his apartment in the 700 block of North Seventh Street.

Police said his apartment was about a tenth of a mile from where investigators found the victim’s cell phone, and that they found a yellow hand towel in his apartment similar to the blood-stained towel they found in the garbage bag, according to court records.

A January report from state police indicated tests revealed that DNA from Resto-Colon and Malave were found on the bloodied clothing found in the trash bin.

Resto-Colon has been in Lehigh County Jail since his Jan. 30 arraignment. District Judge Michael D’Amore denied bail because of the nature of the charge and the fact that Resto-Colon was on state parole at the time of his arrest.

The criminal complaint does not specify why Resto-Colon was on state parole. Court records show that he pleaded guilty in Lehigh County Court in 2013 to simple assault and marijuana possession.

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