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MACHETE MANIAC HACKS 2 MEN IN WILLIAMSBURG
By JOHN DOYLE and LARRY CELONA
Posted: 4:16 am
July 13, 2008
A man wielding a machete sent two men to the hospital early yesterday in Williamsburg - in the latest of an explosion of assaults in the gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood.
The man approached a group of people at South Third Street near Bedford Avenue at about 2 a.m. and started swinging, police sources said.
A 26-year-old man suffered a wound to the arm, and a 19-year-old was cut in his right shoulder.
Earlier in the evening, the assailant and friends had clashed with the attacked group at a feast, the sources said. Both injured men were listed as being in stable condition at Woodhull Hospital.
There were no arrests as of last night.
The last five weeks have seen another five slashings in the neighborhood, mainly in its eastern section.
Two of those bloody attacks took place at Graham Avenue and Devoe Street. The others were knifings on Flushing Avenue and Humboldt Street, Berry and South Eighth streets, and Borinquen Place and Grand Avenue.
According to the latest NYPD figures, felonious assaults in Williamsburg are up 21 percent this year, from 96 to 116 as of last July 6.
Just within the past month, the number of arrests in the area has skyrocketed from 14 to 29.
NYPD Assistant Chief Michael Collins said yesterday that he couldn't say how many of those assaults were stabbings or slashings.
"It's a spike we are looking at now," he said.