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Cops: Attempted murder with machete, assault charges in Glen Cove attack

Glen Cove police said Wednesday they still were trying to figure out why one man attacked two other men -- perhaps with a machete -- last week in the driveway of a Ford Street home.

Raul Garcia, 20, of Glen Cove, was arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the July 25 attack. The two victims, ages 31 and 43, had injuries to their heads and faces.

Garcia was ordered held on $5,000 bond or $2,500 cash bail and is due back in court Thursday.

The suspect was arrested Monday after police traced him to a Locust Valley home, Det. Lt. John Nagle of the Glen Cove police said. The suspect was at a friend's house and had tried to hide in the basement by covering himself with boxes, baskets and clothing, Nagle said.

Nagle said the older victim has been in a medically induced coma at Winthrop-University Hospital since the attack with a skull fracture, missing teeth, and cuts to his face and head.

The other victim spent the night at the Mineola hospital before being released, police said; he had lacerations to his head and needed 24 staples to close one wound.

Interviews with that victim suggest the suspect used a machete in the attack about 12:15 a.m., Nagle said. Nagle said police responded to a 911 call and found the victims face down in a driveway.

Police believe the suspect could have followed the two men, neighbors on Ford Street, home from a nearby market and that the attack could have been provoked because the two victims refused to give him money, beer or both.

"We have not verified that yet," Nagle added.He also said police have not found a weapon.

The victim told police "the man was asking them for money or beer," Nagle said. "We're not sure exactly what ensued here. It was some type of argument, but we're not sure what it was over."

Nagle said interviews with the second victim could shed more light on the investigation.

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