NEW CASSEL, NY – In a recent incident in New Cassel, an altercation between two individuals led to the arrest of a homeless man. According to Nassau County Police Third Squad detectives the incident occurred on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at approximately 1:00 pm.
According to detectives, an altercation took place at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Prospect Avenue. The victim, a 44-year-old male, was involved in a confrontation with Pedro Hernandez, a 42-year-old man who police say has no fixed address. The situation turned violent when Hernandez struck the victim in the back of the head and proceeded to repeatedly punch him in the face, all while wielding a metal tire reamer.
In an attempt to defend himself, the victim bravely tried to block the defendant’s blows, resulting in a laceration to his left hand. Unfortunately, his efforts were in vain as he sustained severe injuries, including multiple lacerations to his nose, lip, and right eye. Reports indicate the victim experienced substantial pain and was promptly transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
Following the incident, officers were able to locate Hernandez a short time later in a parking lot across the street from 851 Prospect Avenue. They apprehended him and took him into custody without further incident.
Hernandez faces charges of Assault 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree. He was scheduled to be arraigned Friday, February 2, 2024, at the First District Court located at 99 Main Street in Hempstead.