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According to law enforcement officials, a military veteran named Aaron Garcia has been arrested in the horrifying, caught-on-camera hatchet attack on an ATM client in Lower Manhattan, as well as two other cases involving strangers earlier this month.
According to reports, Yonkers cops had been looking for the suspect, Aaron Garcia, for an unidentified incident on Feb. 15 as well as four bench warrants for failure to appear in court.
He is 37 years old.
A 50-year-old man was using an ATM when he was randomly attacked with a hatchet, according to authorities.
According to CBS2’s Lisa Rozner, the 50-year-old Queens resident was using an ATM machine inside a Chase bank on Broadway near Morris Street at 5 p.m. when he was suddenly attacked by a man wielding a hatchet.
Garcia came face to face with a 54-year-old guy holding a hammer during the vandalism spree, according to sources.
He collided with the man, then raised the hammer and moaned but said nothing, leaving the victim fearful for his life, according to reports.
Garcia, who served in the military, is accused of striking someone without provocation on South Street at 6:20 p.m. on Aug. 3, according to sources.
He allegedly flashed a knife and aimed it at a passer-by who yelled at him to stop peeing in public on Pine Street about noon the same day, according to sources.
Surveillance video from Sunday’s attack allegedly showed Garcia slashing a 51-year-old man with a hatchet during an unprovoked, sneak assault that began about 5:20 p.m. when the victim was using an ATM machine. The two men wrestled for control of the firearm after Garcia allegedly struck his victim in the leg, while the wounded man urgently tried to protect himself, according to the footage. During the merciless onslaught, Garcia is purportedly seen bringing the hatchet down on the already bloodied victim’s head.
He then allegedly damaged the ATM machines’ screens before fleeing the scene with the hatchet, according to investigators.
According to the NYPD, Garcia of Yonkers was charged with attempted murder and assault in connection with the gory fight that occurred late Sunday afternoon inside a Chase branch in the Financial District.
The man was transported to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric examination after detectives caught him reportedly smashing the windows of parked cars and businesses in Chelsea around 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to sources.