A 35-year-old Saugerties man is behind bars after police say he attacked a man in his apartment complex with a machete, causing multiple cuts to the victim’s arms and legs and partially amputating three fingers.
Police received the call at 9:21 p.m. last night, Oct. 30, reporting an attack with a machete at 1 Clermont St., Saugerties. Officers found a male 25-year-old victim the victim a 25-year-old male bleeding profusely, having suffered multiple lacerations to his arms and legs, in addition to three partially amputated fingers. According to police, witnesses said that the man had been attacked by another individual who was wielding a machete, identified as 35-year-old Anthony Cunningham, a tenant from the same apartment building. According to witnesses, Cunningham fled the scene prior to the arrival of police. Saugerties Police, with the assistance from the New York State Police and Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a search within the village of Saugerties attempting to locate Cunningham. Approximately 90 minutes after the incident occurred, a Saugerties Police K9 Unit located Cunningham on West Bridge Street and took him into custody.
The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics from DIAZ Ambulance and transported to the Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital, Westchester Medical Center Campus in Poughkeepsie for treatment of his injuries, which were severe. The victim was listed in stable condition. Cunningham was processed at Saugerties Police Headquarters on the felonies of burglary in the first degree, assault in the first degree and the misdemeanor of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. Cunningham was arraigned in the Village of Saugerties Justice Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail in Lieu of $100,00 cash bail / $250,000 bond.