Hempstead man attacked with machete at Merrick Road laundromat has died


A Hempstead man who was left in critical condition after he was mangled  with a machete at a laundromat on Merrick Road on March 14 has died from his injuries.  

Roberto Velasquez, 30, had allegedly slashed Michael Oliver with a machete at the Laundry Palace at 15 W. Merrick Road at 2:09 a.m. after a fight broke out between the two men. Oliver was rushed to the nearest hospital. 

Nassau County police shortly tracked down Velasquez and took him into custody. He is charged with attempted murder and assault and was arrainged at First District Court in Hempstead on March 15 and is due back in court on April 18. 

It remains unclear whether charges will be added or amended following the latest developments. 

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