Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced on May 14 that Jeremy Barrett (DOB 11/12/75) of 256 Westside Avenue, Haverstraw, New York has been arraigned on an indictment charging him with:
- One count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class “B” Violent Felony
- One count of Assault in the First Degree, a class “B” Violent Felony
- One count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class “D” Felony
- One count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor
- One count of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation, a class “A” Misdemeanor
District Attorney Zugibe said, “In a violent rage, the defendant unleashed a vicious attack on an innocent man looking to de-escalate an argument and protect his mother. He now faces the possibility of prison for a very long time if convicted.”
On April 22, 2018, at approximately 11:39 p.m., Barrett got into a verbal dispute with his girlfriend. According to the charges, the argument quickly turned physical. When the woman’s son attempted to intervene, the confrontation grew in intensity and moved outdoors.
During the course of the argument, Barrett walked to his car and retrieved a machete from the trunk. He then allegedly threatened to kill the son before striking the young man in the head with the weapon.
According to the charges, the victim received a severe laceration to his head and began bleeding profusely. Family members managed to pull the son back into the residence and lock the door. The defendant returned to his car and fled the scene.
Barrett was located a short time later by Haverstraw police officers – in his car – on Lincoln Avenue in the Village of Haverstraw. Responding officers recovered the machete used in the assault from the front-seat passenger floor of the defendant’s car.
He was arrested without further incident.
Barrett was arraigned in the Village of Haverstraw Justice Court and remanded to the Rockland County Jail.
Bail was set at $100,000 cash/bond pending future court appearances.
He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison on the top count of the indictment.