Man accused of severely injuring another with machete during fight

 AMSTERDAM, N.Y. – Amsterdam Police have arrested a man after a stabbing took place earlier this week.

On Tuesday around 9:20 p.m., Amsterdam Police responded to a large fight in front of 60 Division Street. 

Upon arrival, officers determined that two males were fighting. One of the men involved had a severe laceration to his forearm. He was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment. Another man suffered a knife wound to the elbow and was treated at St. Mary’s Hospital.

A brief search of the scene of the fight resulted in the discovery of a large machete.

Police say they were unable to interview the men at the time due to their injuries and treatment. However, on Thursday police were able to speak with the men.

It was determined that Israel Miranda, 42, was fighting with another male and struck him with the machete. Police say the incident resulted in a partial amputation of the victim’s left hand. The victim had to undergo emergency surgery on Wednesday in an attempt to reattach the severed appendage. It is unclear at this time if he will recover full use of his hand. 

Amsterdam Police arrested Miranda for second degree assault, a felony.

Miranda is being held for arraignment on Friday. Additional charges are possible pending further investigation. 

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