An 18-year-old boy was stabbed Wednesday afternoon outside a Hialeah Wendy’s when a fight between a large group of teens and young adults broke out, according to police. A 17-year-old boy was charged with the crime.
Eduardo Rivero told Hialeah police he was defending his friend Jeffery, who was being chased by young adults with knives and baseball bats, when he was stabbed. The melee broke out around 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the fast-food restaurant, 46 E. 49th St.
Officers, responding to a report of a fight, found Rivero — who does not live in the city — with a four-inch stab wound to the lower back. Carl Zogby, a Hialeah police spokesman, said the crowd scattered when officers arrived, but some witnesses remained.
The teen was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital as a precaution, Zogby said.
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“Luckily the man who got stabbed is going to be OK,” he said.
When police found the Silver Honda Accord the attacker was last seen in, the man driving pointed cops to his cousin, Yosiris Alfonso Fernandez, and gave them his address. When Hialeah police arrived, they said Alfonso Fernandez was wearing the same pink sweatshirt and shorts he was seen wearing on the Wendy’s security footage.
After he was read his rights, police said the 17-year-old admitted to stabbing Rivero with his pocketknife and tossing the weapon. He was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.