2006-09-08 / Front Page

Man Charged In Brutal Slashing In Far Rockaway

Used Box Cutter to Repeatedly Slice Victim, 16
By Brian Magoolaghan

The brutal slashing happened Wednesday in front of this house on Beach 30 Street. Photo by Patricia Hannan
The brutal slashing happened Wednesday in front of this house on Beach 30 Street. Photo by Patricia Hannan An Arverne man was arrested at his job in Atlantic Beach Wednesday, a short time after he used a box cutter to slash and severely injure a 16-year-old boy in Far Rockaway, police said.

Azzeze Yusuf, 34, was arrested by Nassau County police at the Silver Point Beach Club in Atlantic Beach, shortly after he repeatedly slashed his victim, Alexis Singh, 16, on Beach 30 Street, police said.

Singh suffered an 8-inch gash on the left side of his head above his ear and a 13-inch gash on his neck in the brutal attack, according to court records. He also sustained a 10-inch wound to his back that was 6-inches deep and another 13-inch gash - this time to his left underarm and shoulder.

Police said the incident started at about 7:45 a.m., when Yusuf had an argument with Singh's mother, with whom he has children. Yusuf left and came back about 15 minutes later and started arguing with Singh. The argument quickly escalated into a fight, police said, and that's when Yusuf pulled what was described as a "folding box-cutter" and repeatedly slashed Singh.

The teenager, suffering from massive bleeding, was rushed to the trauma center at Jamaica Hospital, where doctors used a total of 35 stitches and 40 skin staples to close his wounds, sources said.

"He's lucky he didn't bleed to death," one law enforcement source said of Singh.

Yusuf fled in a vehicle to the Silver Point Beach Club - just over the Atlantic Beach Bridge - where sources said he is employed. Officers from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway contacted the Nassau County Police Department's Fourth Precinct, whose officers arrested Yusuf and recovered the box cutter from his vehicle's console. He was handed over to the NYPD for processing and arraignment in Queens Criminal Court.

At press time, Yusuf of 417 Beach 67 Street was awaiting arraignment on the charges of first degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

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