Redinel Dervishaj, Suspect In Murder Of S.I. Groom-To-Be, Arrested In Illinois

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The suspect in the stabbing death of a Staten Island man who was out celebrating his engagement was arrested Tuesday before a line of mourners paid respect to the victim at a nighttime wake.

Redinel Dervishaj, 35, is believed to be the who allegedly plunged a butcher knife into 27-year-old Anthony Lacertosa around 2 a.m. Saturday outside the Espana Restaurant in Annadale.

The brawl, over alleged drunkenness,  involved Lacertosa and friends on one side, and the manager on the other. Witnesses  told police that Dervishaj is a friend of the manager.

CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman spoke with brother-in-law Jamie Caruvanna about the arrest.

“It’s not going to bring him back. It’s, it’s not even comforting that they caught him yet, that they caught him now. We’re not even at that point,” Caruvanna said.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported Dervishaj was arrested around 12:30 p.m. at an aunt’s home in Palos Hills, Ill., a suburb southwest of Chicago.

“I am eternally grateful for the police department for having caught this man, and making today just a little more bearable,” Lacertosa’s mother, Linda, told reporters.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa With More Details On The Arrest

A task force comprised of the NYPD’s Fugitive Squad, Staten Island Homicide, 123rd Precinct detectives, U.S. Marshals, the Cook County Sheriff’s office and the Palos Hills police department were involved in the arrest, Papa reported.

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Redinel Dervishaj (credit: U.S. Marshals)

Dervishaj spent over three years in a New York prison for a wild 2007 shootout on a Queens street with two other Albanian figures.

He was convicted after being shot by a man who told police he threatened to rape his wife if he did not come up with $20,000.

Lacertosa’s family says putting Dervishaz behind bars again is no real comfort.

“We will never get him back. My daughters will never see their uncle again,” Caruvanna said.

The suspect’s older brother, Plaurent Dervishaj, is apparently an Albanian mob figure targeted by the Feds, Guzman reported. He is apparently wanted in Albania for the murders of at least four organized crime rivals.

Family members say Lacertosa’s half brother and fiancée, Bridgette Schneider, tried to save his life by performing CPR but it was too late.

Lacertosa was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital.

“There’s too many things. Too many things. Too many nice things. I don’t think you’ll ever meet someone that met him that didn’t like him,” said Caruvanna.

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  1. nino says:

    It was self defense 100000% sure if someone cuts my finger off i cut his head off simple is that LOL!

  2. MIKE says:

    CANT BLAME TO THIS GUY WAS SELF DEFENSE ,IM SORRY FOR THIS YONG KID WHO LOST HIS LIFE BUD SHAME ON HIS FRIENDS ..LET THIS HAPPEN

    1. David says:

      Self-defense? There was no fighting until the owner, who os knon as a maniac, pulled a gun on the two guys. The Albanian gangster had no dog in the fight and had ample opportunity to simply get back in his car and leave. None of the guys were drunk and were steroid users.

      1. David says:

        “not” steroid users.

  3. Analyst says:

    The combination of steriods and alcohol amongst the groom and his party should be looked at. Its a tragedy all around, but looks like self defense.

  4. rocker90 says:

    The victims entourage is to blame

  5. Very conservative says:

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  6. Robert says:

    Come on in…this is the country of fools…we don’t have enough jobs for the folks from here…so let’s invite some murderers to live among us.

  7. NYCsewer says:

    I wonder how the brother feels looks like he got him killed is the word

  8. Bullett says:

    If we’re all lucky, he’ll jump out of the plane on his return to NYC.

  9. Island Lady says:

    Why on Earth are there idiots posting stupid comments on here instead of learning from the story. You don’t get into fights with rowdy drunks at a restaurant. Some male relatives in the family of the slain young man should have sent the guys who were drunk home much earlier. But getting into brawls like this happens everywhere today and you never know who is involved or what they are capable of doing like stabbing someone who was trying to settle things.
    My heart aches for the slain man’s family and fiancee. I can’t imagine the pain they are going through.
    So, all you ridiculous commenters go post your stupid arguements on Twitter and stop cluttering up a news site. You are only showing your lack of intelligence and empathy.

    1. Mshell says:

      Youre absolutely right. It makes me sick to my stomach that ignorant idiots come on these sites and post ridiculous, hateful things. Free speech or not, it shouldnt be allowed. Unfortunately, the internet gives some people a platform to speak that they dont deserve, And the fact that they dont care that his family and friends could read these things is disgusting,

    2. Being Neutral says:

      With all the chatter going back and forth, Its pretty obvious that everyone on here must have some sort of axe to grind. I dont, so I am only gonna give my opinion as a neutral judge. This is probably the most logical comment I have read throughout this page. No one likes to see a life loss at the hands of something like this. I dont know any of the people involved in this dilemna but I feel bad for the Lacertoza Family and the Fiancee for their loss. Island Lady – You are 100% RIGHT. When these big guys were getting out of hand by urinating outside and breaking up the patio furniture as the News reports, Why didnt someone who was NOT drunk send those guys home? If they had done that, the only thing that probably would’ve happened wouldve been that there would be some damages to pay for. More importantly, there wouldve been no loss of life. Young people are too HOT headed and dont have regard for life. Life is too short. People should respect one another as well as their families, homes and place of businesses. It makes me sick to my stomach when I hear a story like this.

  10. Boomer says:

    That was funny! But I think The Departed reference went over most of their heads..

  11. Shqiperia says:

    Regarding Dervishaj, the source said, “He was holding his own against six other guys…. At one point he gets thrown over a car. He gets up quickly, but he runs back to the restaurant.”
    The members of Lacertosa’s group followed, and the stabbing happened off camera, the source said, with Lacertosa coming back into frame, staggering and clutching his wound.

  12. Enver Hoxa says:

    Don’t get me angry, you won’t like me when i’m angry?? ok, byee!!!
    They don’t no the school of real STRONG ARM>>>>>

  13. jant1215 says:

    Mikeybklyn=moron. You’ve been reported.

    1. james says:

      snitch.

    2. Freespeech says:

      And so have you… can’t shut people down because you don’t like what they write.

      1. jant1215 says:

        Yes you can when they use an ethnic slur mr. freespeech. You reported me? They are laughing at you right now.

  14. Green Hulk says:

    Hulk vrs crazy albanian, Hulk loses.

  15. brooklyn4ever says:

    Send this loser and his even bigger loser brother back to Albania. Take their passports, their ID’s and whatever else they’d need to travel with so that they can never come back to the USA. I have no idea what goes on on the other side of the world, bu it sure as heck raises cutthroat morons.

  16. thor's hammer says:

    well thug, and poor excuse for oxygen consumption on the planet – gotcha. tried to hide at your aunt’s house. they should arrest her for harboring a fugitive. hope his cell is no more than 4 ft in diameter, no window, and random electricity (not to exceed 2 hrs a day), slot in the door for 2 meals a day. no tv/computer/phone. court appointed attorney – sit down and keep quiet. if they fly this lowlife back to ny from illinois, how about a comfy spot in the wheel well of the plane (and pray for turbulence).

  17. Vik says:

    RIP Antonio.

    1. I love food says:

      Antonio is a dead loser Guido…he got what he deserved

  18. ANGEL says:

    THIS IS HORRIBLE! PEOPLE HAVE GONE CRAZY INSANE. PRAY FOR PEACE AND PROTECTION.
    RIP

    1. The Good Priest says:

      Before this individual came to the U.S. he would go around to small town in the middle east and threaten sheperds by telling them that unless they paid him 10,000 shekkels, he would rape their camels and goats. What the sheperd didn’t realize is that he would have raped the camels and goats for free.

  19. Albanian says:

    Plunged a butcher knife into him? for what?

    I would like to thank clinton for allowing these godless maniacs into our country

  20. TELLIN IT LIKE IT IS says:

    THE MUSCLEHEAD THOUGHT HE WAS A TOUGH GUY AND NOW HES DEAD…MORAL OF STORY: MUSCLES DO NOT STOP A BULLET OR KNIFE.

    1. HOW IT REALLY IS says:

      IT’S EASY TO HIDE BEHIND YOUR COMPUTER AND POST ASSENINE COMMENTS. HE WAS A GREAT GUY WHO WAS DEFENDING HIS BROTHER. WOULD YOU JUST STAND THERE LIKE A COWARD WHILE SOMEONE WAS ATTACKING ONE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS?

      1. jant1215 says:

        Yes, he probably would.

      2. rocker90 says:

        also the victim was also arrested for marijuana possession last year. so he does have a criminal record as well.

    2. Clark A. says:

      Oh, and you can stop a bullet or a knife, wise-ass?

    3. Mshell says:

      Youre an idiot.

      1. Mshell says:

        And im speaking to the original commenter ‘How it really is’

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