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Woman, 20, accused of slashing 82-year-old man in head with machete in NYC. Last month, suspect was arrested, released after allegedly displaying machete.
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Woman, 20, accused of slashing 82-year-old man in head with machete in NYC. Last month, suspect was arrested, released after allegedly displaying machete.

A 20-year-old woman with a string of weapons-related arrests under her belt is accused of slashing an 82-year-old man in the head with a machete in an unprovoked attack in New York City.

Last month, the suspect was arrested and released after allegedly following a man and displaying a machete, sources told the New York Post.

What are the details?

In the Wednesday morning attack against the elderly victim, Deashe Calhoun lunged at Hubert Meulens at Stone Street and Broadway, Metropolitan Transportation Authority police and sources told the Post.

Meulens was left with a fractured skull and 11 stitches, the paper said.

“Even with just one blow, I could have passed away,” Meulens told the Post during a phone interview from his Bellevue Hospital bed.

“I’m surprised she wasn’t in prison,” the victim added to the paper in regard to his attacker. “She needs to be away from society for a long time.”

The Post, citing sources, said Calhoun was out free despite seven prior arrests, each involving a machete or other weapons — including when she was accused of following a 31-year-old man and displaying her machete without using it on Aug. 25. The paper said she was arrested in released for the latter incident, too, sources noted.


One police source told the paper the suspect is a "maniac" who's "known to carry knives, sharp instruments, machetes. How is she out walking around?”

Meulens’ son added to the Post that he's feared an attack on his father was coming, as he's a “soft target” in middle of spiking crime in the city.

“I tell him every night, 'Be careful on the trains and in the street,'” the victim's son, 50-year-old Peter Marcel revealed to the paper. “There are a lot of zombies on the trains who are very unpredictable and irrational. It’s not being dealt with. Unfortunately, my fears have come true.”

A Manhattan cop added to Post that "this is what happens when you let people run around the streets with weapons. Eventually they will use them and attack an innocent elderly person.”

More from the paper:

After Meulens was slashed in the face, he stumbled down Broadway after his attacker, but she spun around and sprayed him with the bear spray and kept walking toward MTA headquarters, authorities said. Three MTA cops spotted her with the spray and “acting irrationally” in front of headquarters, then saw her drop the machete from under her armpit, according to authorities.

Calhoun was arrested for assault, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment, cops said.

Meulens is now expected to remain hospitalized until at least Thursday, he said.

“I am not angry,” Meulens, a building concierge, told the Post. “I would suggest she needs to be examined by a doctor. She needs psychiatric help.”

What else is the suspect accused of?

Calhoun on March 26 was charged after threatening someone in Washington Square Park while brandishing a knife and declaring “I’m coming for ya,” sources told the paper.

Three months later — June 26 — she was charged with flashing a switchblade at someone in a Blink fitness center on Avenue A in Manhattan, sources added to the Post.

Then Calhoun was charged July 28 with tampering with physical evidence — followed by an arrest three days later on a weapons charge after she brandished her machete at a victim on Fifth Avenue, sources noted to the paper.

The Post added that twice last month the suspect was seen with blades on Brooklyn trains – on Aug. 7 when she was caught with two knives, and again on Aug. 13 when she was seen with her machete, sources said.

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