Brooklyn man booked in deadly machete attack on family members (UPDATE)

Police responded to a machete attack at an apartment building on Putnam Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on Jan. 3, 2021 that left a 79-year-old man dead and two others injured.
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Detectives charged a young man Monday in connection with a bloody machete attack on members of his family in Brooklyn on Sunday night that left his 79-year-old grandfather dead and two others — including a four-year-old girl — injured.

Cops said Dayquan Dubose, 22, went on the attack at 6:20 p.m. on Jan. 3 inside his family’s residence in an apartment building on Putnam Avenue off Nostrand Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Law enforcement sources indicated that Dubose went on the attack amid a verbal dispute. The victims and suspect appear to be related to one another, sources said.

Officers from the 79th Precinct responded to the residence after receiving a 911 call about the assault. Upon arriving, they found 79-year-old James Dubose with a stab wound to his abdomen, as well as a 49-year-old man slashed in the hand and a 4-year-old girl with a gash to her hip.

Police sources said the 49-year-old man was Dayquan Dubose’s brother-in-law; the suspect had allegedly swung the machete at his father, but missed and wound up hitting the girl instead. Police did not disclose the relationship between the girl and the attacker.

EMS units rushed the grandfather Dubose to Interfaith Hospital, where he later died of his injuries. Police have withheld his identity, pending family notification.

The 49-year-old man was brought to Kings County Hospital, while the four-year-old girl was taken to Woodhull Hospital. Both are listed in stable condition and expected to recover.

Dayquan Dubose was taken into custody at the scene. He was charged Jan. 4 with murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

It was the second major machete attack in Brooklyn in less than a week. On Dec. 29, 2020, cops shot a machete-wielding man dead in Brownsville after he hacked at a woman while she walked her dog. Law enforcement sources said the suspect had charged at officers with the weapon, prompting them to open fire on him.

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