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Cops: Brooklyn man attacked with samurai sword

A Brooklyn man attacked a well-known reggae musician with a samurai sword, causing severe cuts to his face and arms, New York police said.

Police said that at 8:04 a.m. Sunday, Oscar Joseph, 37, struck friend Garfield Dixon repeatedly with a 26-inch samurai sword while in Joseph's apartment at 158 E. 91st St. in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.

Dixon, 41, who performs under the name Major Mackerel, suffered lacerations to the left side of his body, face, and also lost part of a finger during the attack, police said.

Police said Joseph attacked Dixon, his neighbor, because he thought the musician may have made a pass at his wife.

Dixon denied making any advances to Joseph's wife.

Dixon was hospitalized for several hours at Kings County Hospital Center. He left with bandages crowning his dreadlocks and wrapped around his left hand, his wrist and elbow.

Joseph is facing charges of first-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, sources said. An investigation is ongoing.

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