Jose Javier Garces Hernandez was arraigned at East Hampton Town Justice Court on Wednesday afternoon after being charged with assault in the second degree, a felony; and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.
Mr. Hernandez was arrested on Monday evening for allegedly assaulting Jose Maria Jimenez, 26, with a machete.
Accompanied by his legal council Melissa Aguanno, Mr. Hernandez plead not guilty to the charges and posted $5,000 bail.
“We look forward to proving his innocence in court,” Ms. Aguanno said in a phone interview.
Mr. Hernandez is due back in court on July 3.
A Springs man armed with a machete seriously injured another man in a fight on Monday, sending the victim to the hospital for emergency surgery, according to police.
East Hampton Town Police responded to a report of two men fighting on Clinton Street in Springs on Monday at approximately 8:12 p.m., according to a press release issued by the department on Wednesday afternoon. Police said Jose Maria Jimenez, 26, a Clinton Street resident, was injured by a machete wielded by Jose Javier Garces Hernandez, 24, of Rutland Drive. Mr. Jimenez suffered “several serious wounds to his torso,” police said.
Mr. Jimenez was transported to Southampton Hospital and then airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he underwent surgery, according to the release. It was unclear what his injuries were, or his condition, on Tuesday.
Police said Mr. Hernandez fled the scene prior to their arrival but was later located on Springs-Fireplace Road.
Mr. Hernandez was charged with assault in the second degree, a felony, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.
Mr. Hernandez was expected to be arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court. A date has not yet been set.