East Hampton Town police responded to reports of two men fighting in the roadway on Clinton Street in Springs Monday evening and arrived to find that a man was slashed with a machete and seriously wounded.
The 26-year-old machete victim, who is a resident of Clinton Street, was taken to Southampton Hospital before being transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital for surgery, police said.
The machete wielding man, identified as 24-year-old Jose Javier Garces Hernandez, of East Hampton, had fled the scene of the fight before officers arrived, according to police, but he was later found at a Springs Fireplace Road residence. East Hampton Volunteer Ambulance treated him for injuries before he was airlifted to Stony Brook for further medical attention.
Garces Hernandez is charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor. He will be arraigned at East Hampton Town Justice Court.
Police ask anyone with information regarding the incident to call 631-537-7575.