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Three arrested in Ridgewood machete attack: Cops

By Gabriel Rom

Three men have been arrested for allegedly attacking a 21-year-old man with a machete on a Ridgewood street corner early New Year’s Day, police said.

Hamler De Jesus, 19, of Ridgewood, William Gonzalez, 22, of Ozone Park and a 14-year-old boy are accused of repeatedly striking a man with a machete and robbing him of $200 and jewelry, according to police.

The vicious assault occurred at the corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and Palmetto Street.

According to a criminal complaint from the Queens District Attorney’s office, the three identified suspects punched the male victim and threw him to the ground. Soon after the suspects along with seven unidentified suspects attacked the victim with a machete, causing lacerations to the victim’s face, shoulder, back and chest.

The seven other suspects remain at large.

During the assault, the alleged perpetrators removed the victim’s right earring, two gold chains from his neck and $200 in cash from his pants pockets, police said.

The victim was treated at a local hospital where he received 29 stitches.

The three suspects are facing charges of robbery, gang assault, felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

The three suspects were arrainged New Years Day. Bail was set at $10,000 for Hamler DeJesus and $25,000 for William Gonzalez. The bail for the third suspect is unknown.

The three all scheduled to return to court on Jan. 13.

Reach reporter Gabriel Rom by e-mail at grom@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

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