Cops in Florida busted a fugitive Wednesday wanted for stabbing another man outside a Little Italy bar in May.
Police in Santa Rosa, Fla., a hamlet in the Florida panhandle, arrested Frank (Frankie) Caserta, 54, after he was caught shoplifting a cellphone there, sources said.
Caserta, who is on parole for murder, was wanted for leaving his ex-girlfriend’s new beau with six stab wounds outside the Mulberry Street Bar on Mulberry St. near Broome St. just after midnight on May 7, sources said.
He stabbed the victim multiple times in the face and chest, and slashed the girlfriend on the right inner forearm when she tried to intervene, sources said. She needed five stitches to close the wound.
Caserta fled down Broome St. on foot, and vanished until he resurfaced 1,242 miles from the city.
He was previously convicted for the murder of Maurice Egerton on Green St. in lower Manhattan on March 29, 1986. Ironically, he fled to Florida after that attack and was arrested there.
He was jailed in 1987 and served 26 years in state prison for Egerton’s slaying before being paroled in 2013.
Caserta was awaiting extradition to New York, sources said.