A 16-year-old Mahopac resident used a baseball bat to defend himself against a 27-year-old man who showed up at his home and attempted to attack him, police say.
Vincent Giorgio, of Mahopac, is facing a range of charges in connection with the incident, which occurred around 10:15 p.m. Monday.
"Apparently ... Giorgio ... called the resident and threatened him via telephone that he was coming to the residence to slit the resident’s throat and kill his family," police say. "The dispute was over how the 16-year-old resident had treated a female third party. Mr. Giorgio responded to the residence and attempted to assault the resident with a razor knife. The resident defended himself and struck Mr. Giorgio with a baseball bat, causing him to be stunned. The resident retreated to an upstairs bedroom as his father called 911 for help."
Carmel Police Officers Christopher Fox and Kevin Murphy responded to the scene after receiving a report of an assault in-progress involving a box cutter. When they arrived, officials say, Giorgio had fled.
Authorities later located him at the Putnam Hospital Center emergency room in Carmel. Giorgio was reportedly being treated for a head injury. Police charged him with a felony charge of second-degree burglary, as well as several misdemeanor charges: endangering the welfare of a minor, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree aggravated harassment, second-degree attempted assault and second-degree menacing.
Following arraignment before Carmel Town Justice Tom Jacobellis, Giorgio was released. He is due in Carmel Justice Court Dec. 18.