Carlos A. Bedoya, 44, of East Hampton was arrested on Monday and charged with stabbing Ismael Hernandez, 36, also of East Hampton, outside Mr. Hernandez’s apartment at 140 Springs-Fireplace Road. Mr. Hernandez was rushed to Southampton Hospital, where he underwent surgery.
“Thank God, he is doing well,” his wife, Jessie Hernandez, said yesterday from her husband’s bedside. She expects him to be released shortly.
Ms. Hernandez would not comment on the case itself. “We leave that to the police,” she said.
Police recovered a knife with a long blade that afternoon following a K-9 unit search in nearby woods.
“We brought in Suffolk County canine units,” East Hampton Town police chief Edward Ecker said yesterday.
“He denies the allegations,” Stanley Birnbaum, Mr. Bedoya’s attorney, told the court on Tuesday as Mr. Bedoya stood, handcuffed, before East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana. Speaking through an interpreter, Tamara Palmer, Mr. Bedoya said he was a longtime employee of Mickey’s Carting.
He is charged with assault in the second degree, a class D felony, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. Police believe the motive for the attack was a perceived relationship by Mr. Bedoya between Mr. Hernandez and Mr. Bedoya’s ex-wife.
Justice Rana issued a stay of protection against the accused man for Mr. Hernandez’s family. When it came time for her to set bail, Mr. Birnbaum argued that Mr. Bedoya was not a flight risk, having lived in East Hampton for 14 years, and pointed out that he has a 15-year-old child living in Montauk.
Bail was set at $100,000. A grand jury is weighing an indictment on the felony charge.