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1 remains in hospital after knife fight in New Kensington apartment

| Sunday, April 20, 2014, 12:19 a.m.

One man remains hospitalized days after a wild fight and stabbing in a New Kensington apartment building.

Anthony Czajkowski, 25, of New Kensington, who was one of two men flown to Pittsburgh hospitals on Wednesday night from a Fifth Avenue apartment, still was being treated Saturday for two stab wounds in his upper torso. He was in stable condition after having additional surgery.

New Kensington Detective Sgt. Dino DiGiacobbe said Czajkowski's friend, Christoper Tunstall, 25, of Fifth Avenue, was released from a Pittsburgh hospital on Thursday. He was treated for wounds in his back and facial injuries.

Police say four men and two women were involved in the confrontation that apparently started on a third-floor outside landing and continued down three flights of steps.

In addition to Czajkowski and Tunstall, police said the others involved were:

• Samuel Kerwin Boggus, 18, of Reunion Street, Pittsburgh.

• Bari Alexander Coleman, 22, of Morgan Street, Pittsburgh.

• Mariah Lewis, 18, of New Kensington.

• Patricia Primus, 22, of Fifth Avenue, New Kensington.

Lewis was treated for a cut on an arm and released Thursday from Allegheny Valley Hospital, Harrison.

“Six people were involved, and all six say they are victims,” DiGiacobbe said. He was able to talk with Czajkowski briefly on Saturday.

No charges have been filed, but police continue to investigate.

On Friday night, police obtained a search warrant and took undisclosed items from an apartment in the building.

Earlier, police got DNA samples from all six and took clothing worn during the fight.

They also have a large serrated kitchen knife used in the fight. “It was bent into a U shape,” DiGiacobbe said.

According to state court records, Boggus was accused last month of illegal handgun possession, having drugs, resisting arrest and other charges in New Kensington. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

In November, Primus and Coleman both were charged by Pittsburgh police with illegally possessing stolen guns. Preliminary hearings are scheduled next month in both cases.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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