Prosecutors: New Hyde Park man stabbed his parents in the neck, chest

Police say 24-year-old Joshua Wilck entered his parents’ bedroom Saturday night and began assaulting his mother, 64, and father, 60, with a knife in their Cherrywood Drive home.

News 12 Staff

Feb 26, 2024, 10:32 AM

Updated 50 days ago

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A man accused of attempting to murder his parents while they were sleeping in New Hyde Park was arraigned on Monday.
Police say 24-year-old Joshua Wilck entered his parents’ bedroom Saturday night and began assaulting his mother, 64, and father, 60, with a knife in their Cherrywood Drive home.
Wilck’s mother sustained multiple stab wounds to her neck and chest, and his father sustained multiple stab wounds to his neck, chest and face.
While outside, detectives say Wilck put his arms around one of the victim’s necks before responding officers finally removed Wilck from the victim and arrested him.
Neighbors told News 12 the father ran to nearby doorbells asking for someone to call 911.
When police arrived, they say Wilck ran toward the front door of the home and refused to comply with officers demands to stop and take his hands out of his pockets.
According to prosecutors, Wilck then ran toward his dad and punched him and began to strangle him. Officers were able to remove him from his dad, and authorities say he resisted being arrested by tensing his body and flailing his arms.
Police added both victims sustained severe lacerations and were taken to the hospital. They are listed in critical condition.
According to prosecutors, Wilck was in violation of a do not harass order that protected his parents. Wilck also has an open criminal mischief case in which his dad was also the victim.
Wilck is charged with attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree, criminal obstruction of breathing, aggravated criminal contempt, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and resisting arrest.
Wilck faces five to 25 years in prison on any of the top charges if he is convicted.
Wilck confessed to trying to murder his parents in a written statement, according to the assistant DA.
Bail was set at $200,000 cash and $400,000 bond.
Wilck is due back in court on Feb. 28.


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