PATCHOGUE, NY –
A Long Island man is facing assault and weapons charges for allegedly attacking three people with a machete at a sporting goods store.
Suffolk County police said Saturday the attack took place the previous afternoon at a Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Patchogue, about 50 miles east of New York City.
Treyvius Tunstall reportedly asked to buy guns but walked away after being asked for identification. Police say he then slashed a store manager with a machete and attacked two other people as he fled.
The store manager was injured in the chest, arms and head, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said Saturday. Prosecutors said Tunstall severed the store manager’s arm tendons in the attack. Newsday reported.
The director was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
A customer was hit in the head by the back of the machete and a person in the parking lot was cut in the arm and shoulder, police said. Both victims were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Police apprehended Tunstall nearby. Through his public defender, the 22-year-old West Babylon resident pleaded not guilty during a court appearance on Saturday to three counts of assault and six counts of weapons, and was sentenced to $400,000 bond or $800,000 bond.
According to Harrison, Tunstall had gone to a Dick’s store in Bay Shore, about 25 miles away, earlier that afternoon and purchased the machete, a knife and a backpack, but was told to go to the Patchogue store if he wanted to buy guns.
Police had not determined the motive for the attack, Harrison said.