Man, 28, charged in fatal stabbing of alleged car wheel thief outside LI home: cops

A Long Island man was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of a man who he caught stealing the wheels off his car this week, cops said. 

Jacob Alvarenga Mejia, 28, was at his home on Jericho Turnpike in Bellerose Village around 1:30 a.m. May 13 when he spotted three men trying to steal the wheel rims and tires from his parked 2023 Toyota Highlander, Nassau County Police said. 

Mejia then walked outside with a large kitchen knife and stabbed one of the men, Luis Pena, 22, of the Bronx, multiple times in the upper torso, authorities said. 

Jacob Alvarenga Mejia, 28 (pictured) allegedly stabbed Luis Pena, 22, who he caught stealing the wheels off his car, cops said.
Nassau Police Department

The trio fled the scene, and the wounded man was taken to a hospital in the Big Apple by the other two alleged thieves, police said. 

He was pronounced dead at the hospital, cops said. 

Mejia was arrested around 8 a.m. Thursday, following a “thorough investigation,” with NYPD assistance, Nassau cops said. 

A photo of a 2023 Toyota Grand Highlander at the New York Auto Show,
The men were trying to steal the wheel rims and tires from Mejia’s parked 2023 Toyota Highlander, cops said.
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In addition to the manslaughter charge, he also faces a first-degree assault rap, police said. 

His arraignment is expected Friday.