Pleasantville police arrest, charge man with stabbing of 22-year-old

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PLEASANTVILLE _ Pleasantville Police officers arrested a man on several charges including the stabbing of a city man, 22, on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Fernando Ramos-Pelaez was located hiding near the Pleasantville Bike Path by K-9 Officer Mark Millard and Officer Ryan Vansyckle.

Ramos-Pelaez was arrested and charged in connection with the stabbing of a 22-year-old Portland Avenue resident, according to a release prepared by Pleasantville Capt. Sean Riggin.

Ramos-Pelaez was turned over to Atlantic County Justice Facility on multiple charges on $25,000 bail imposed by Hon. Judge Richard Fauntleroy, Riggin said.

The search for Ramos-Pelaez began at roughly 11:35 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21 when Officer Vansyckle responded to the report of a stabbing at a residence on the 600 block of Portland Avenue, Riggin said.

Pleasantville officers discovered male victim suffering from too many stab wounds to count, Riggin said. The victim was bleeding heavily and experiencing difficulty breathing.

“He was transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Division for stab wound trauma by Pleasantville Fire and Rescue,” Riggin said. “The victim’s injuries were considered serious and potentially life-threatening.”

The residents of the home told Vansyckle that a man known only as Fernando had tackled the victim into a couch, Riggin said. He then began stabbing the victim repeatedly.

About 10 minutes later, Pleasantville dispatch received a report of a man waving a knife inside a residence on the 200 block of Tremont Avenue.

Millard and Vansyckle responded to Tremont Avenue where a resident told them where the suspect fled to, Riggin said.

Millard found Ramos-Pelaez hiding on the bike path and arrested the man single-handedly.

Millard told superiors that Ramos-Pelaez’s violent nature and ability to escape meant that Millard couldn’t wait for backup officers to arrive, Riggin said. Millard was able to apprehend the suspect without injury to himself or the suspect.

Pleasantville Police Chief Jose Ruiz congratulated all of the officers involved in this incident, Riggin said.

Chief Ruiz praised their teamwork, professionalism, and great courage in bringing these incidents to a rapid and successful end without anyone else being injured by the armed and violent suspect, Riggin said.

This incident remains under investigation, Riggin said. Residents should contact Pleasantville Police Department detectives at (609) 641-6100 or CrimeStoppers with any additional information.

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