A Bushwick man landed in a Queens jail on Saturday morning after allegedly slashing a man’s legs at a Ridgewood intersection.
Law enforcement sources said Herman Mateo, 31, of Porter Avenue attacked the 19-year-old male victim at about 1:25 a.m. on Aug. 24 at the corner of Seneca Avenue and Cornelia Street.
Officers from the 104th Precinct, in responding to a 911 call about the assault, found the victim with slash wounds to his legs. Paramedics rushed the victim to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition.
At this time, police sources said the motive for the attack remains unclear and under investigation. According to a report on the Citizen app, the perpetrator allegedly used a machete, but sources familiar with the case could not confirm if that was the weapon.
Responding officers picked up Mateo shortly after the incident in front of an apartment building on Cornelia Street near Onderdonk Avenue, just a few feet from where the attack occurred. He was also found to have marijuana and narcotics in his possession, police said.
Mateo was charged with second-degree counts of assault, menacing and criminal trespass, along with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.