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Youth Slashed in Mineola for Drug Deal Gone Wrong

West Hempstead man arrested in connection with early-a.m. attack near Jackson Avenue School.

have arrested a West Hempstead man for allegedly selling marijuana to another youth in Mineola early Tuesday morning.

According to detectives, at 12:30 a.m. 17-year-old Matthew Sinatro went to the corner of Marcellus Road and Jackson Avenue in Mineola, near the to sell marijuana to a 17-year-old male victim. The victim fled the scene with the marijuana without paying.

The defendant then found the victim at Jericho Turnpike and Beebe Road, produced a knife and cut the victim on the face, arms and torso. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

Detectives located the Sinatro at his home and recovered a black folding knife. He is charged with second degree assault and possession of a dangerous weapon in the fourth degree. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Tuesday.

UPDATE, Oct. 5: Sinatro is currently a student at and goalkeeper on the soccer team. Requests for comment from the school were declined.

sallyv October 10, 2011 at 02:47 AM
u people are all nuts
sallyv October 10, 2011 at 02:50 AM
no excuse to use a knife for a cheap drug deal ! ,, today a knive , tommorro a gun ,, time for them to learn,, jail time
sallyv October 10, 2011 at 02:52 AM
school teaches are stealing our kids future with there pensions !!!! to much money for less work !!! crooks
Vincent October 10, 2011 at 03:40 PM
Ah Ms. Ramos, you ask, "why don't you come out of hiding behind only a first name?" I could ask a number of posters here that same question. Such as Maggie, Joe and Jess. And do you think Joe Schmoe is really Joe Schmoe? But let me digress. I wouldn't think of asking any of them why they don't use their first or correct name as they would be right to tell me, "it's none of your business". So I don't ask.
tj December 20, 2011 at 03:43 PM
The kid that robbed the dealer started this whole mess....Nothing wrong with a little weed dealing in high school...Id rather the young experiment with weed rather then alcohol...If these kids were drunk im sure one of them would be dead or stuck in a hospital.. Stupid robber...he robs weed..then calls police cause he got beat up....Only in America Only in America...Next we will have people cooking and serving out food without being immunized since birth...

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