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Spurned partygoer eyed as prime suspect in deadly double stabbing in Brooklyn

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Detectives investigate the blood-soaked scene where two men were stabbed in Gowanus, Brooklyn on Feb. 26, 2022.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Detectives charged a 19-year-old man allegedly connected to a double stabbing in Brooklyn on Saturday night in which he attacked two security workers at a party, killing one of them.

Police said the attack happened at about 10:42 p.m. on Feb. 26 outside 168 7th St. in Gowanus.

Sources familiar with the investigation said the suspect — Jose Velasco, 19, of Brook Avenue — attempted to get into a party being held at the venue and got into a heated dispute with the two victims, both of whom were working a security detail. The argument then turned violent, cops said, when the perpetrator pulled out a sharp object and went on the attack.

Officers from the 78th Precinct, in responding to a 911 call about a stabbing at the location, found one of the security guards, Martin Pretto, 25, of 85th Street, with a knife wound to his chest; and his colleague, a 21-year-old man, who had been stabbed in the back.

EMS rushed both victims to NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where Pretto was pronounced dead a short time later. 

The 21-year-old victim, meanwhile, was listed in stable condition.

Velasco was charged with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon.

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