Charges await Brooklyn man for deadly machete attack on family members

Police responded to a machete attack at an apartment building on Putnam Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Jan. 3 that left a 79-year-old man dead and two others injured.
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A young man is being questioned in connection with a bloody machete attack on members of his family in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Sunday night, which left a 79-year-old man dead and two others — including a four-year-old girl — injured.

Charges are pending against the 22-year-old suspect connected to the violent outburst, which authorities say occurred at 6:20 pm on Jan. 3 inside an apartment building on Putnam Avenue off Nostrand Avenue.

Law enforcement sources indicated that the perpetrator went on the attack amid a verbal dispute. The victims and suspect appear to be related to one another, sources said.

Officers from the 79th Precinct responded to the residence after receiving a 911 call about the assault. Upon arriving, they found the 79-year-old man with a stab wound to his abdomen, as well as a 49-year-old man slashed in the hand and a 4-year-old girl with a gash to her hip.

EMS units rushed the 79-year-old man to Interfaith Hospital, where he later died of his injuries. Police have withheld his identity, pending family notification.

The 49-year-old man was brought to Kings County Hospital, while the four-year-old girl was taken to Woodhull Hospital. Both are listed in stable condition and expected to recover.

The investigation is ongoing.

It was the second major machete attack in Brooklyn in less than a week. On Dec. 29, 2020, cops shot a machete-wielding man dead in Brownsville after he hacked at a woman while she walked her dog. Law enforcement sources said the suspect had charged at officers with the weapon, prompting them to open fire on him.

This story first appeared on AMNY.com.