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Cops: Stabbing Victim was Targeted

Manhunt continued through the night; Tips to Patch Helpful, police said.

The 20-year-old Plainview man who was savagely attacked on the streets of Plainview Monday was specifically targeted by his two knife-wielding assailants, Nassau County Detectives said Wednesday.

The victim, a 20-year-old man, remains in critical but stable condition at a Nassau County hospital after suffering two deep stab wounds in the broad-daylight attack.

Detectives worked through the night following leads in the case and credited the readers of with their assistance in bringing the attackers closer to justice, detectives said.

"We do not believe this was a random attack but is an isolated incident," said Det. Sgt. Anthony Repalone of the 2nd Squad Detectives. "The victim was targeted in this case."

Repalone said leads provided by Patch readers on this website are appreciated and are being pursued by detectives. "We appreciate the input of the public," he said, "and are following up those leads."

The victim, as yet publicly unidentified, was brutally attacked from behind as he tried to flee his assailants Monday on Jamaica Avenue, Nassau Police said. He was stabbed in the back twice. One wound punctured his liver; the second pierced his lung.

The late-afternoon attack took place within a block of the which now houses It has left the Plainview community, preparing to celebrate prom and graduation this week, shaken. Many calls and emails to Patch have expressed concerns and reported that their children are frightened to go outside.

Police assured the public that the attack Monday was not a random act of violence.

The victim left a blood trail along Jamaica Avenue, leading eastward toward the school from the corner of Orchard Street. The two assailants were observed running from the scene, Nassau Police said. Cops descended on the quiet neighborhood and a manhunt, involving a police helicopter and K-9 units ensued.

Detectives said they still need the public's help for clues to the identities of the attackers. 

The suspects have been described as young people, about 20 years of age, one a dark-skinned black male, the other a light skinned black or Hispanic male.

Detectives request anyone with information about this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous, detectives said.

Richard June 22, 2011 at 04:06 PM
What was the victim specifically targeted for ? drugs ? gang related ? money ? was it a random robbery ? Who is this victim ? Where does he live ? Does he live in my neighborhood ? Why is the victim not IDing these attackers ? We need to know this important information so we can address if there is a growing problem in our neighborhood. Im outraged by this.
Joe Dowd (Editor) June 22, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Richard: At this time, the victim has not been publicly identified. The specific reason for the attack is not clear, the police have said. It was not a random attack of any kind, police say. Your outrage is understandable; the police say they are pursuing every lead and that the general public is not endangered by this attack. I'll be in the neighborhood this afternoon; tell your neighbors and friends to look for me to talk about this. jd
A June 23, 2011 at 01:57 AM
I'm wondering why Newsday and News 12 did not publish the story. A stabbing in Plainview is not news? Any thoughts on this?
Joe Dowd (Editor) June 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM
A: Not sure. I suspect both were occupied with the Medford pharmacy tragedy, but that's speculation on my part. Both do a good job on many other aspects of Long Island news.
Richard June 23, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Hi Mr. Dowd, First - keep up the great reporting. This is a great website that I recently discovered. I agree with the other commentator - There is nothing about this "very seriuos" story in Newsday or anywhere else except the Plainview Patch (thanks to your execellent follow up) This story needs to be explained in detail. I can tell you this community wants answers to this unexceptable tragedy and as of today.....it seems this is just going to pass over us until we forget about it. We need to know what exactly went down on this day. I cannot explain to you the outrage that this has caused in our neighborhood ...not to mention this travesty happened just yards away from our community day care centers. This needs to be addressed on many levels. Some concerns being discussed by neighbors are: * Is there a drug dealer in our neighborhood ? * Who is this victim ? does he live in our neighborhood ? * Is this some kind of gang hit ? * Do we need auxillary police patrols in our neighborhood ? (I see an unused auxillary police car sitting at the Library all time) etc.. etc...
Anonymous June 23, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Richard can I say something 1 the reason names arent released is so he doesn't get attacked again 2 yea it was a drug deal but there's like 10 other drug dealers in plainview 3 I see ur angry but this was my friends brother and he's angry that no one heard or saw anything when it was in broad day light 4 it wasn't a gang hit people were mad at him I must say me and my friends go running all the time since were on track and they said there scared but they shouldn't and neither should you if he's a target that means the attackers aren't coming back And there wasn't any stories anywhere about the dead body found in the green belt south trails behind the high school Things happen all the time and people always get worked up that it will happen to them or it will happen again I say u should be lucky it didn't happen to you
g June 24, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Ty Anonymous, That needed to be said. It's disturbing how everyone can point fingers and ask "what is this town coming to?", while they do nothing to fix it. If you want to feel safe educate yourselves.
Plainview Resident June 24, 2011 at 05:15 PM
The people are worried, because it happened in their town and close to them. It's a natural response to be afraid of things that we do not know about. There is no information provided to us by any major paper (i.e. Newsday). How are we to "educate ourselves" if there is no reliable information about this to be "educated" on ? Like Richard I too am outraged by this...
g June 24, 2011 at 09:37 PM
I can understand being worried, I am referring to the "please make us safe we can't walk around our quiet neighborhood" mentality. As for educating yourself I do not mean about this crime, but rather about keeping yourself and those close to you safe and conscious. As Anonymous said it is disturbing that this could happen in broad daylight and one person may have seen something. If you want to feel safe keep your eyes and ears open and teach your children to do the same. I don't mean to seem cold, but we need to "be the change we want to see in the world" not whine about it
Plainview Resident June 24, 2011 at 10:14 PM
I agree...
Anon June 24, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Is it surprising that people would be outraged by an attempted murder in broad daylight in a quiet suburban neighborhood? Of course people are upset and I agree with Richard, we need to know what happened here (maybe not the victim's name, but certainly who the attackers were and what motivated the crime). Were these local kids? Sounded from other posts like they came from Queens. If so, what are they doing hanging around Plainview? Also is there a serious drug problem in Plainview? I hadn't heard that before - obviously I'm not surprised that kids use drugs, it happens everywhere, but it sounds like maybe its more than that.
hello June 25, 2011 at 08:01 PM
The two attackers were pawns following orders. The person who supposedly called this attack lived in Plainview and attended POBJFKHS a few years ago. He lives in Queens as well, so you dont have to worry about random kids from Queens wandering around town wreaking havoc. This was not a random incident, it was premeditated and planned out. The victim lives in Plainview. There is no more of a drug problem in plainview than there is in Syosset or anywhere else in this area. Apparently the victim got on the wrong side of this suspect. This has nothing to do with gangs, although i wouldnt be surprised if the suspect is involved with gangs,i can assure you that the victim is not.So i wouldnt consider this gang related. Bottom line, You and your family do not have to worry about being attacked by these perpetrators.
helloback March 29, 2012 at 02:58 PM
hello, i would love to speak with you. you have some interesting insights and you run your mouth like theres no tomorrow. whats your name? :)

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