Police charge suspect, 37, from Yonkers with attempted murder in lower Manhattan ATM hatchet attack


New York City police have charged Aaron Garcia, 37, of Yonkers with attempted murder and assault in connection to a Sunday evening hatchet attack caught on video at a bank in lower Manhattan. He is pictured in previous mugshot.

A suspect with a string of outstanding warrants has been arrested over a vicious hatchet attack on a man at a bank in lower Manhattan. 

Aaron Garcia, 37, of Yonkers, was charged with attempted murder and assault for the Sunday evening attack, which left Queens resident Miguel Solorzana, 50, bloodied and hospitalized with slashes to his face and leg. 

Authorities revealed Wednesday that Garcia is already wanted by Yonkers Police, who have an active arrest warrant and four active bench warrants out on him. 

He has three prior arrests stemming from charges of harassment, aggravated harassment, stalking and criminal contempt, Yonkers police said.

Police officials said Garcia is currently being held at Bellevue Hospital and undergoing psychiatric evaluation as of Wednesday.  

Garcia served in the Army, according to a close relative, who asked to not be named, and was not the same after his return from deployment to Iraq, the New York Daily News reported.

‘He was a little off-center. He was in combat. All he would say is “I saw dead bodies,”‘ the relative told the outlet.

The horror attack at 5.20pm Sunday was caught on security camera at the Chase Bank on Broadway in Manhattan’s financial district.

The footage shows Solorzana standing at an ATM when a man – identified by police as Garcia – removes a hatchet from a dark bag and walks up behind him.

Garcia then repeatedly hits Solorzana with the hatchet as the victim desperately tries to defend himself. 

Once the assailant is finished attacking Solorzana, he proceeds to smash the ATM screens before walking away, but not before leaving the hatchet and his backpack behind, police said. 

Solorzana, of Queens, suffered three slash wounds to the head and another to his right leg, New York City police officials said.

He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he remains after undergoing two surgeries. 

Garcia was arrested at around 9.20pm Tuesday in Chelsea, where he was reportedly found breaking car windows. 

Video captured the shocking moment Queens man Miguel Solorazana, 50, is slashed with a hatchet while using an ATM at a Chase Bank in downtown Manhattan at 5.30pm Sunday. It begins with the attacker walking into the ATM room with the hatchet in hand

Video captured the shocking moment Queens man Miguel Solorazana, 50, is slashed with a hatchet while using an ATM at a Chase Bank in downtown Manhattan at 5.30pm Sunday. It begins with the attacker walking into the ATM room with the hatchet in hand 

The attacker then suddenly walks up behind Solorzana and begins swinging his weapon in the violent attack

The attacker then suddenly walks up behind Solorzana and begins swinging his weapon in the violent attack 

The unknown assailant starts with slashes to the back of the surprised victim's knees

The unknown assailant starts with slashes to the back of the surprised victim’s knees

The Solorzana quickly turns to face his attacker, and tries to fend him off using his backpack

The Solorzana quickly turns to face his attacker, and tries to fend him off using his backpack

Police sources said Garcia allegedly had a confrontation there with another man and pulled out a hammer, but did not hit the man.

Chelsea cops said Garcia then smashed a window at Rebar Chelsea, a gay bar on West 19th Street before he was finally apprehended around the corner, the New York Daily News reported.    

Solorzana has told of his horror at being attacked.

‘He hit me. In the bank, he hit me,’ Solorzana, speaking in Spanish, told the outlet.  

‘The guy that got hit in the head was screaming,’ a witness told the New York Post.

‘It’s crazy,’ the witness said. ‘People were shouting and we saw the guy laying down – a lot of blood.’ 

Soon, the backpack is ripped away, as the attacker continues to slash him with the weapon

Soon, the backpack is ripped away, as the attacker continues to slash him with the weapon

Terrified and bloodied, the Queens resident desperately tries to grab the weapon away from his attacker

Terrified and bloodied, the Queens resident desperately tries to grab the weapon away from his attacker

Solorzana, who suffered three slash wounds to the head falls to the ground several times as he fights for his life

 Solorzana, who suffered three slash wounds to the head falls to the ground several times as he fights for his life

Eventually, Solorazana, severely bloodied, flees, and his attacker does not follow. Police say they have  the charged Garcia with assault and attempted murder in connection to the attack

Eventually, Solorazana, severely bloodied, flees, and his attacker does not follow. Police say they have  the charged Garcia with assault and attempted murder in connection to the attack

Solorazana required two surgeries after the attack, his friend Manny, told the Daily News. 

‘The whole family is in Mexico,’ he said of his friend. ‘I didn’t ask him about what happened, I just wanted to make sure he’s okay.’ 

Solorzana remains in stable condition, police said.  

After Solorzana been driven off, the attacker proceeds to smash the ATM screens one by one before walking away. Police said a suspect in the attack is in custody pending charges

After Solorzana been driven off, the attacker proceeds to smash the ATM screens one by one before walking away. Police said a suspect in the attack is in custody pending charges

The smashed ATMs (pictured) seen in the aftermath of the brutal attack

The smashed ATMs (pictured) seen in the aftermath of the brutal attack

During a recent ATM visit at a Lower Manhattan Chase bank, a 51-year-old man was brutally attacked by a hatchet-wielding lunatic, surveillance footage shows

During a recent ATM visit at a Lower Manhattan Chase bank, a 51-year-old man was brutally attacked by a hatchet-wielding lunatic, surveillance footage shows

Crime rates throughout New York City have been increasing over last year

Crime rates throughout New York City have been increasing over last year

The attack comes amid a growing crime wave in the Big Apple, with more and more assaults happening in broad daylight.

On Friday, an aspiring actor who once appeared as an extra on Law & Order was shot dead in a Bronx deli.

Jayquan Lewis, 21, was standing at the cashier counter at BH gourmet Deli in Fordham at 4pm when another man collapsed to the floor, in a 14-second clip published by the New York Post.

Another person standing next to Lewis at the counter on his phone is seen fleeing out of frame.

After fatally shooting Lewis the gunman appears to casually walk out of the deli. 

Lewis was shot three times in the chest, three times in the arm and one time in the stomach. He was pronounced dead at St Barnabas Hospital.

Jayquan Lewis, 21, was shot point-blank inside a Bronx deli just after 4pm Friday

Jayquan Lewis, 21, was shot point-blank inside a Bronx deli just after 4pm Friday

Police are still looking for the killer, whose motive is unknown.

And just one week before, two people died with one victim severely injured in two separate but ‘likely connected’ shootings in Brooklyn.

The gunman shot three men sitting in a car that the NYPD said was damaged in a car accident on August 8 around 12.30am, and then opened fire at a party of 100 to 150 people at an event space down the block.  

Two of the men in the car died – Bronx resident Nicholas Palmer and Queens resident Novada Bailey, both 36. A third unidentified man was critically injured.

At least two other people were also shot and injured during the incident, with one person rushed to the hospital and another driving himself to a hospital about 24 miles away in Westchester County.  

According to NYPD data, felony assaults are up 5.3 percent from last year, as of August 15, with misdemeanor assaults up 2.1 percent.

Police investigated the scene at B.H. Gourmet Deli on Friday, where Lewis was fatally shot

Police investigated the scene at B.H. Gourmet Deli on Friday, where Lewis was fatally shot

One of the five shooting victims was taken into an ambulance on August 7

One of the five shooting victims was taken into an ambulance on August 7 

Murders have also increased, from 275 reported during the same time frame in 2020 to 277 reported thus far in 2021.

There have also been 10.7 percent more shooting incidents, with 7 percent more victims.

And grand larcenies have also increased 1.6 percent, with grand larcenies from automobiles skyrocketing 20.2 percent.

Rapes have increased 8.6 percent and hate crimes have nearly doubled.



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