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Cops: Homeless man stabs man who gave him dollar

James Howley, 43, homeless, allegedly attacked someone who

James Howley, 43, homeless, allegedly attacked someone who gave him a dollar on Hempstead Turnpike, police say. (Oct. 14, 2013) Photo Credit: Nassau County Police

A homeless man was arrested in Elmont after he stabbed and slashed a man who had given him a dollar and refused a demand for more, Nassau police said Monday.

The victim fended off the suspect with a pipe, and both wound up in the hospital, where the seriously injured victim identified his attacker, Nassau County police said in a statement.

The attack occurred about 3 a.m. on Meacham Avenue, near Hempstead Turnpike, police said.

The 43-year-old victim was walking with a friend when he was approached by James Howley, 46, of Hempstead, police said.

Howley was given a dollar "after persistently asking" for money, and he "observed that the victim had additional money in his wallet and demanded that he be given more," police said.

"When the victim refused, Howley pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed and slashed" the victim in the "face, neck, chest and hands," police said in the release. "The victim, in an effort to stop the defendant, located a pipe on the ground and struck Howley with it."

Howley fled east on Hempstead Turnpike, police said.

The victim, with numerous cuts and stab wounds, was taken by car to a hospital. While there with police at the scene, the victim recognized Howley, who also went to the hospital to be treated, police said.

Howley was taken into custody, police said. The extent of his injuries was not disclosed.

Detectives later determined that Howley also "was responsible for throwing a brick through the store front glass window" at a Hempstead Turnpike gas station in Franklin Square after the Elmont attack, police said.

Howley was arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead on charges of first-degree assault, two counts of attempted first-degree robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal mischief, police said.

He was held Monday afternoon on a bail of $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond. An order of protection was issued for the victim against Howley, according to online court records.

With Ellen Yan


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