Man arrested in murdering housemate during fight while drinking

A Long Island man is facing murder charges, accused of fatally stabbing his housemate and dumping his body in front of a neighbor's house.

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- New this half hour, an arrest in a grisly murder on Long Island. The victim brutally stabbed to death. His body dumped in front of a neighbor's home in Uniondale last month.

- Police tracked down the suspect thousands of miles away. Eyewitness News reporter Stacey Sager in Mineola with more on this story. Stacey?

STACEY SAGER: Well, that's right, Dave. Police nabbed this man in Texas. He was on a bus. And he was trying to leave the country. But what's very interesting about this case is that even though police have now caught him, they're still not sure exactly who he really is.

- Anything to say to the family?

STACEY SAGER: He had nothing to say about the murder charge as police brought him to headquarters today. What we do know is he went by the name Oscar Rios Perez, at least for the last couple of years. And Nassau Police now say that back on January 30, he stabbed his victim multiple times then bagged up the body and left it in front of a neighbor's home. The victim was 27-year-old Jesus Martinez, who lived here on Walton Avenue in the same house as Perez.

Police say both men were drinking and got into a fight. They say they were after Perez and arrested him on a bus in Texas as he was trying to leave the country for Mexico. And that's when his past unraveled.

Turns out Perez was last known as Alexis Flores. But after a conviction for violent assaults dating back more than a decade, Flores was deported then re-entered under his new name with a new birthday in 2019.

STEPHEN FITZPATRICK: We're still trying to determine whether it's Alexis Flores or Oscar Perez or something else, very good. So we'll work with ICE and our immigration officials and try to determine his real name.

STACEY SAGER: And what police do know is that originally, he came from El Salvador. No matter who he is, no matter what his true identity is, the charge in this case remains the same. It will be second degree murder. We're live--