Man arrested in knife fight case

AMSTERDAM – A city man is under arrest after police said he attacked another man with a machete and partially cut off his hand.

Police said Israel Miranda, 42, of 106 Division St. was charged with second-degree assault, a felony.

The charges stem from a fight Tuesday night in front of 60 Division Street. Officers said the two men had been fighting, and one of the men suffered a severe laceration to his forearm from the machete. Miranda also suffered a knife wound to his elbow.

The male with the severe arm laceration was transported directly to Albany Medical Center for treatment of his injury and Miranda was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of his stab wound.

Neither man could be interviewed extensively at the time because of their injuries and subsequent treatment. A search of the area resulted in the discovery of a large machete, which was hidden in a bush, near the location of the fight.

The machete victim underwent emergency surgery on August 13, in an attempt to reattach the nearly severed appendage, and it is still unclear if the victim will recover full use of his hand. The victim is still hospitalized at the time of this report and his identity is not being released.

On August 14, officers interviewed was one of the men involved in the fight. They learned that during the altercation Miranda was fighting with the other male and hit him in the arm with a large machete. Police said this reckless act resulted in the partial amputation of the victim’s left hand.

Miranda is currently being held for arraignment in Amsterdam City Court on scheduled for today. Additional charges are possible, pending further investigation.

The Amsterdam Police Dept. is asking anyone who was in the area at the time of the altercation, and may be able to provide additional information, to please contact a member of the Detective Bureau at 842-1100.