A Long Island man was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly fatally stabbing a New Jersey high school student in the heart during a fight outside a Lower Manhattan ax throwing bar, police said.
Gianluca Bordone, 19, faces manslaughter and assault charges for the deadly confrontation around 1:50 a.m. Thanksgiving morning outside Live Ax at 96 Lafayette St. in Chinatown, cops said.
Bordone allegedly stabbed Rocco Rodden, 17, and slashed his 19-year-old brother during the altercation outside the bar, where the teens had attended a private party, according to cops and prosecutors.
The brothers were rushed to Bellevue Hospital by EMS.
Rodden — a student at Saint Joseph Regional High School, a private Catholic school in Montvale, New Jersey — succumbed to his injuries around 8:45 a.m., prosecutors said.
An autopsy showed he died from a 6-inch stab wound, with the knife puncturing the left ventricle of his heart, according to Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Eun Bi Kim.
Baby-faced Bordone wore a black sweatshirt with the word “courage” stretched across the back for his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court early Saturday morning.
When the prosecutor informed the judge that Rodden had died, Bordone uttered “Oh my God” under his breath.
The deadly fight broke out after the private party ended and the group took the remaining alcohol to the street, where they “continued to drink and socialize,” Kim said at the arraignment.
“During this altercation, the defendant stabbed the 17-year-old boy in the chest. He then punched the 19-year-old brother in the torso, causing a deep laceration,” Kim said.
Bordone attempted to flee by approaching a car, then “then approaching a party bus and attempting to force his way inside,” the prosecutor said.
He eventually got into a taxi and met four friends also involved in the fight at Bowery and Canal, just a third of a mile from where he allegedly started the violence.
Cops zeroed in on him after getting a description from witnesses, finding him wearing a vest coated in blood, prosecutors said.
The stabbing was filmed by a surveillance camera.
Bordone’s attorney argued during the hearing that the incident was “much more complicated” than presented and that the fight was “clearly a fight.”
“What hasn’t been discussed… is the mayhem and mayhem that surrounded this entire incident, including what my client was subjected to – which, again, was not caught on camera by the surveillance video and was not discussed by the prospectors – where he was repeatedly bludgeoned,” argued attorney Warren Quaid.
“It was a chaotic scene.”
Quaid said the accusations were “out of character for this boy,” who lives in Oyster Bay with his father and runs a party planning business.
The defense attorney asked for reasonable bail, citing Bordone’s lack of criminal record, which the judge denied.
The teen turned to his well-dressed family, speechless, as the judge set his bail at $4 million.
His family declined to comment as they left the courthouse.
Rodden’s father said he was “broken inside” by his son’s death.
“I have no words to say that he was murdered in cold blood.!! Life will never be the same without him,” he wrote on social media.
Other friends mourned Rodden as a loyal and adventurous friend.
“Every time My Way came on the speakers you said this was the song you wanted for your funeral. We never thought it would be so soon,” one wrote on Instagram.
Rodden played football at his school, known for having a powerful program.
“It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we share the heartbreaking news of the passing of one of our own, Rocco Rodden,” the school said in a Facebook post Friday.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Rocco’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”
Bordone’s next appearance will be November 29.