Holiday guest allegedly stabbed on Christmas Day

By Martin Weil and Tim Craig
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, December 25, 2009; 8:03 PM

A Pennsylvania man who was a Christmas Eve guest at a house in Montgomery County was allegedly stabbed and critically wounded there early on Christmas Day, the county police said.

They said Edgar Peralta, 33, of Reading, Pa., was stabbed "multiple times" at a house in the 18600 block of Mustard Seed Court in Germantown.

Police said residents of the house and guests had been socializing throughout the evening. About 1:30 a.m. an argument broke out between a resident of the house and a guest, and the dispute became physical, the police said.

The guest was stabbed with a knife, and taken first to a local emergency care center and then to a trauma center, police said. They said the alleged assailant fled.

Police said they have obtained a warrant charging Emerson Arnoldo Chavez Estrada, 25, in the incident. Estrada, who lives at the Mustard Seed Court house, is charged in the warrant with attempted first degree-murder and first degree assault, police said.

He was described as five feet five inches, 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a green jacket, white shirt, blue jeans, and Timberland boots, police said.

They said that he remained at large Friday night.

The stabbing was the second reported incident of serious violence in the Washington metropolitan area on Christmas morning.

In the other incident, a 21-year-old Upper Marlboro man was shot and killed inside a Northwest Washington rowhouse, D.C. police said. That incident also appeared to stem from an argument at a party, police said.,

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