Oscar Santos-Encarnacion stabbing arrest

ALLENTOWN, Pa. | Police in Allentown arrested a 21-year-old city man Thursday night after he allegedly beat his brother and stabbed him with a steak knife.

Authorities charged Oscar A. Santos-Encarnacion with a single felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following the alleged attack inside a North Seventh Street apartment. District Judge Donna Butler arraigned the suspect Friday morning, setting bail at $100,000.

Allentown police responded to an apartment in the 800 block of North Seventh Street shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday for a report of a stabbing victim. Inside the second-floor apartment, officers found Jean Santos suffering from multiple stab wounds, according to court records.

Paramedics transported the victim to the hospital as a trauma patient. Authorities said he was in serious condition and unable to speak, but police found witnesses to the alleged attack.

Police said one witness saw Santos-Encarnacion punch the victim several times before stabbing him in the ribs at least twice, according to records. During an interview with police, Santos-Encarnacion allegedly admitted punching his brother at least 12 times before stabbing him at least twice, according to authorities.

Court records do not indicate what may have precipitated the alleged attack. The criminal complaint indicates Santos was stabbed at least three times with a 6-inch steak knife.

Santos-Encarnacion failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 24.

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