WILKES-BARRE — A student at Wilkes-Barre Area’s GAR High School was arrested Monday on charges he stabbed a another teenager after a basketball game at the school last week.
Two city police detectives escorted a handcuffed Kevin Espinoza, 17, of South Sherman Street, into District Judge Martin Kane’s courtroom to be arraigned on two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of simple assault.
Espinoza is being prosecuted as an adult.
An arrest warrant was issued for Espinoza on Thursday, alleging he stabbed Luis Rosa, 17, as they fought on Lehigh Street after a basketball game Wednesday night.
Kane set Espinoza’s bail at $250,000.
Espinoza’s lawyer, Mark Mack, was making arrangements with a bondsman to post his client’s bail Monday night.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday after they were informed that a stabbing victim was in the emergency room.
Emergency room doctors told police that Rosa was suffering from multiple stab wounds to his torso and would be transferred to the trauma center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township for emergency surgery.
While Rosa underwent surgery, detectives interviewed witnesses who told them Rosa was in a fight outside GAR High School. Police took the witnesses to GAR and they showed a detective where the fight occurred on Lehigh Street. Police found blood spatter in the snow and on a sidewalk near the school.
A witness allegedly identified Espinoza as the person with whom Rosa was fighting. One witness identified Espinoza by his first name and another witness identified Espinoza by his full name.
The witnesses also picked Espinoza’s photo from a photo array, according to the complaint.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on March 4 before District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre.