RACINE — Charges were filed Friday against the two Racine brothers believed to be responsible for a repeated stabbing in late July on Douglas Avenue.
Emilio A. Delgado, 17, and Joseph R. Delgado, 16, each face one felony count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide after a man was brutally attacked in the 1300 block of Douglas Avenue, according to their criminal complaints.
Racine police had previously asked for help finding Emilio Delgado, believed to be the brother responsible for stabbing the alleged victim more than 25 times in the early hours of July 28. He was taken into custody without incident on Thursday, according to a Racine Police
Department news release issued Friday afternoon.
Matching criminal complaints released by prosecutors on Friday provide additional insight into what may have occurred before and after the reported stabbing.
A third male, who was with the brothers around the time of the attack, told police that Emilio and Joseph Delgado had been walking him home after a party because he was intoxicated and unfamiliar with the area, according to the complaints. During the walk home, the third male became sick and eventually threw up.
As the male was regaining his composure, the brothers conversed with several passers-by to make sure they could not harass their friend, according to the complaints.
It was at that time that Emilio Delgado confronted the eventual stabbing victim, advising him to “keep walking” and to “mind his own business,” according to the complaint.
According to the third male, the confrontation escalated and continued around the corner, with Joseph Delgado also getting involved.
Surveillance footage from the time of the incident reportedly shows two men, believed to be Emilio and Joseph Delgado, chasing the alleged victim until he fell to the ground, according to the complaints.
Emilio Delgado is then allegedly seen repeatedly making a stabbing motion with one hand as he holds the man with his other hand.
As that was taking place, Joseph Delgado is reportedly seen kicking the alleged victim until a motion light from a nearby building came on, at which point both brothers reportedly fled.
That video footage also reportedly shows a youth, later identified as Jose A. Vazquez Jr., 16, approach the alleged stabbing victim after the attack and rob the man, according to the complaints.
Vazquez has since been charged in connection to the robbery and reportedly helped police identify Emilio Delgado after he was shown the surveillance footage.
After police located Emilio Delgado, they also reportedly showed him that same footage at which point he appeared visibly shaken and sickened, according to the complaints, and admitted that he thought that violence was too much.
The victim was transported to Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital, 3801 Spring St., with nonlife-threatening cuts to his torso, face and legs.
Emilio Delgado made his initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court on Friday and Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set cash bond in the case at $100,000 and a preliminary hearing for Wednesday.
Joseph Delgado was also expected to make his initial appearance on Friday, but was not transported from juvenile detention, so that appearance has been adjourned until Monday.