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Freeport man stabs neighbor with fork, steak knife, police say

Thomas W. Cummings, 47, of Freeport, was arrested

Thomas W. Cummings, 47, of Freeport, was arrested and charged on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in the stabbing of a neighbor with a fork and a steak knife, Nassau County police said. Credit: NCPD

A Freeport man was arrested and charged with burglary and assault after he stabbed a neighbor with a metal fork and steak knife, police said.

About 9:45 p.m. Friday, Thomas W. Cummings, 47, of Rose Street, knocked on a neighbor’s door in his apartment complex and when the woman, 35, opened it, Cummings pushed his way inside and attacked her with a metal fork, Nassau County police said, puncturing her left arm and right hand.

A male friend in the woman’s apartment at the time entered the kitchen and the woman escaped to the hallway while Cummings removed a steak knife from a drawer and chased the woman down the stairs and continued assaulting her by slashing her in the back and stabbing her in the arm with the knife, police said.

Cummings fled to his apartment, where he was found and arrested by police.

The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Attorney information for Cummings — who is charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of second-degree assault and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon — was not immediately available.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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