Cops have arrested a 20-year-old man they say stabbed a teenager to death during a bloody brawl outside a Brighton Beach 7-Eleven, police said Tuesday.
David Medrano-Torres is facing manslaughter and assault charges for the Saturday morning stabbing that left victim Giovanni Olivares, 18, dead and his cousin slashed in the face.
The cousins were shopping in the late-night convenience store on Brighton Beach Ave. near Coney Island Ave. about 2:30 a.m. when they got into an argument with Medrano-Torres and two other men, witnesses told police.
The fight spilled outside and Medrano-Torres whipped out a knife and jammed it into the teen’s stomach, police said. He then lunged at the victim’s 21-year-old cousin, slashing him in the face and thigh.
The suspects ran off as police raced to the scene.
Medics rushed both victims to Coney Island Hospital, where Olivares died of his wounds. His cousin’s wound was not life threatening.
A witness who walked into the 60th Precinct and recounted the attack a few hours later identified Medrano-Torres as one of the three attackers, although he never saw him with a knife, a police source said.
Detectives later learned that Medrano-Torres was the stabber, the source said.
His arraignment was pending. No further arrests have been made.
Medrano-Torres, who has been arrested twice before, including once for assault, knew Olivares, but it was not immediately disclosed what the argument was about, cops said.