Man accused of stabbing man in Rensselaer arrested

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Rensselaer Police say one person was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery after a stabbing on John Street Monday night.

Police received a call for a report of a man in his forties stabbed in the stomach around 10:30 p.m. Monday. That man was rushed to Albany Med for emergency surgery and is now listed in serious, but stable, condition.

Police say a short time later a suspect, identified as Michael Berghela, 41, was found inside a closed business at 501 East Street. He was arrested without incident.

He was charged with first-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He pleaded not guilty but is being held without bail because he has two prior felonies and 14 misdemeanors.

The incident remains under investigation.

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