2nd Brother in Hempstead Stabbing Arrested for Attempted Murder

Raphael Whyte has been accused of second-degree attempted murder. (NCPD)
Raphael Whyte has been accused of second-degree attempted murder. (NCPD)

Exactly nine months after a stabbing left a 19-year-old man with serious injuries, police have arrested the second half of a duo they believe allegedly attacked the man because of an ongoing dispute.

Nassau County police Special Investigations Squad detectives on Friday arrested 28-year-old Raphael Whyte, whose brother Uriel was arrested for the same incident last July, after executing an arrest warrant on a Flint Avenue home in Hempstead, police said.

But before they could place the Coram man into custody, Whyte “became suspicious of police activity,” and allegedly fled on foot, police said. Authorities called in assistance from the Aviation Bureau and K-9 Unit and eventually located and arrested Whyte.

He was charged with second-degree attempted murder, two unrelated warrant charges for criminal possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The arrest stems from the June 21, 2013 stabbing in which the brothers were allegedly driving on Patterson Avenue in Hempstead and spotted the man they had an ongoing dispute with, police said. The brothers allegedly got out of the vehicle and chased the 19-year-old victim before Uriel allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the arm and chest. After the attack, the man was admitted to Nassau University Medical Center where he received treatment for a collapsed lung and severe lacerations, police said.

Uriel was arrested at his Hempstead home about a month later, police said. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment last July to charges of second-degree attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon.

Raphael will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.