Written by Wendy Kreitzman Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00
A Great Neck teenager was arrested for allegedly stabbing a man at the Village Green in the Old Village on Monday, Aug. 19. According to Nassau County Police Third Squad detectives, 19-year-old Gerzon Hernandez was arrested for allegedly stabbing a 24-year-old man who was sitting under a gazebo in the Great Neck Park District’s Village Green at 665 Middle Neck Road.
According to police, the victim was approached by Hernandez and the two men began to argue when Hernandez allegedly began to stab the victim, possibly with a screwdriver, several times all over his body. Following the alleged attack, police report that the subject fled the scene on foot, westbound Arrandale Avenue. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Following the alleged incident, police reported that Hernandez was charged with assault second degree and possession of a dangerous weapon fourth degree. Hernandez was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Thursday, Aug. 22.
Tarek Shams, press representative for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, told the Great Neck Record that at the arraignment Hernandez was charged with assault in the second degree and possession of a dangerous weapon in the fourth degree. He was represented by Legal Aid.
According to local public officials, activities in the Village Green have long been of great concern. The morning following the incident, Great Neck Park District Board Chair Ruth
Tamarin told the Record that the morning after the incident, she first heard about it when she received a call from a Beach Road resident. Both Tamarin and the resident (who did not wish to be named), reported the park is a dangerous area, and not only at night, but also when children aress at the playground. Area residents hesitate to send older children on errands and Tamarin said there is a lot of beer drinking, with loiterers buying beer at near-by stores.
Tamarin also complained that police had not alerted the park district as to the incident. “We knew nothing,” she said, “we had to hear it from a resident.”
The park district has asked the auxiliary police to provide surveillance and they also provide their own park security. The park district would appreciate more police surveillance and they hope to add security cameras to the area (as they have in other park areas).
Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth is looking to meet with Tamarin, Third Precinct Inspector Sean McCarthy and Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman “to discuss what measures need to be considered in order to insure our park and surrounding areas are safe for all.” Bosworth acknowledged the issue of “people on the Village Green in the evening has long been a concern for many residents in the area.”
As the village continues to work with police, auxiliary police and the park district, Kreitzman told the Record it is “unfortunate: that the village is not permitted to have their own police force” but they will continue to work with the police, auxiliary police and park district. “It is most unfortunate that we have these problems in our beautiful and inviting Village Green,” the mayor said.