DA: Suspect admitted to using drugs, drinking alcohol before Hicksville home burglary
Police say they have arrested a homeless man for breaking into a Hicksville home and lunging with a knife at a man inside.
Police say officers responded to a home on West Cherry Street for a burglary in progress around 5 a.m. Sunday.
Officers arriving at the scene say they observed Alberto Garcia, 35, inside the residence.
An investigation revealed Garcia entered the residence through an unlocked living room window and proceeded to the kitchen area to grab a knife, according to authorities.
Garcia then allegedly made his way to a basement bedroom and confronted a 24-year-old male, a 34-year-old female and a 10-year-old female.
Authorities say Garcia lunged at the male victim while swinging the red kitchen knife, causing a laceration to his right thumb.
The victim was able to throw a blanket onto Garcia and tackle him to the ground to held him until police arrived, authorities say.
The male victim was transported to the hospital and treated for his injuries.
Garcia was also transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation.
The district attorney's office said in court Monday that Garcia confessed to breaking into the home and being drunk and high on drugs at the time.
The assistant district attorney asked that bail not be an option for the 35-year-old facing attempted murder and burglary charges, due to the seriousness of the crimes. Garcia was remanded to the court.
Attorneys added that the victims were "frightened," prompting the court to impose orders of protection for the unidentified couple and 10-year-old child. Garcia did not oppose the restraining orders.
Jason Platero said the victim is his mom’s boyfriend. Platero told News 12 he woke up to screaming. He said he saw his mother’s boyfriend holding a man to the ground, and said Garcia had a knife to him.
He said his 10-year-old sister was very upset because she thought the victim was dead. Platero said he’s very worried about his sister. “I don’t think she’ll ever recover from this.”
Garcia's legal aid attorney said the homeless man had no prior interactions with law enforcement.
His next court date will be Nov. 9.
Garcia is charged with attempted murder in the second degree, two counts of burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.