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Cops: West Hempstead Teen Cut Victim During Drug Deal

Matthew Sinatro, 17, is charged with assault and weapons possession after he allegedly slashed another teen during a botched drug deal.

Cops arrested a West Hempstead teen at his home early Tuesday morning after police say he slashed another teen who allegedly tried to steal marijuana from him.

According to Nassau County Police, Matthew Sinatro, 17, met another 17-year-old male at the corner of Marcellus Road and Jackson Avenue in Mineola to sell him marijuana. The teen took the marijuana from Sinatro and tried to flee the scene without paying for it, police say, but he didn't get far. Sinatro located him at Jericho and Beebe Road, allegedly produced a knife and cut the victim on the face, arms and torso, according to detectives from the Third Squad.

The victim was removed to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition Tuesday morning. Detectives located Sinatro at his residence around 12:30 a.m., recovered a black folding knife and placed him under arrest. He is charged with second degree Assault and fourth degree Possession of a Dangerous Weapon. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead Tuesday.

The above information was supplied by the Nassau County Police Department. A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate convictions.

AstiGirl October 05, 2011 at 05:01 AM
I am so sad reading this and hoping it's not true.
sal sinatro October 05, 2011 at 10:56 AM
theres more to the story
AstiGirl October 05, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Sal - I'm sure there is because this just doesn't sound like Matt.
beni tocamelas October 06, 2011 at 01:50 PM
shouldnt have had drugs in the first place smh
beni tocamelas October 06, 2011 at 01:51 PM
i know him
just a friend October 06, 2011 at 08:28 PM
everyone makes mistakes, how we learn and become better from those mistakes shows what kind of person we really are. both are bright students and i know matt personally. cant make an opinion of a person off of a article you read online. once again, EVERYONE makes mistakes. dont act like you never have?
joe shmoe October 06, 2011 at 11:40 PM
you cant blame the kid for the cutting.. he was defending himself against these kids because they were beating him up
jess October 06, 2011 at 11:49 PM
^ thank you.
John Vanderbilt October 07, 2011 at 01:30 AM
cant blame him for the cutting? hahah really?
FREE MATT October 07, 2011 at 02:36 AM
FREE MATT
jess October 07, 2011 at 09:52 PM
cant blame for cutting? how about self defense...
The Undisputed Truth October 08, 2011 at 06:36 AM
Logically speaking if a group of people just beat and robbed you the understanding that if you confront them they're going to use violence should be there. So to say that it was only self defense or that he was justified in trying to confront these people he understood would use violence against him with a weapon especially if it's to take his goods back from them by force is ridiculous. That's like saying if someone broke into and burglarized your house you would be justified to break into their home and do the same thing. Ethically speaking I can empathize but that's not how the law or our society works. Besides someone doesn't just assault and rob you and then hand over what they just took without a fuss he went back there with the intention to do them harm. He would have been better off if this article was about him being assaulted because the other kids would be in trouble not him. If he had called the police and said he had been mugged like he should have done he wouldn't have even had to say it was a drug deal gone bad because being that he had just been assaulted and they had other items like his ipod and such he would had a lot more creditability to his word then the kids who initially committed the crime. Or he could have just taken the beating like a man and learned the lesson that maybe the drug game is not for him. Instead he acted with machismo which speaks to the mentality I spoke of earlier that's so active in todays youth.
The Undisputed Truth October 08, 2011 at 06:44 AM
Call it wanting to be a thug or a gangster or watever it's how kids think and act these days. I dont doubt he's a good kid but he should be held responsible for his actions like everybody else. I'm sure he just fell into the wrong things or the wrong crowd and it's unfortunate but as a parent it's your responsibility to teach your kids that it's not ok to slash somebody with a knife even if they did take your ipod. And I truly feel for the kid because it's not going to be any fun on the gladiator block as a young white kid
Maureen October 08, 2011 at 01:07 PM
How dare you put this on the parents. These parents have done EVERYTHING right for this boy (as I'm sure the parents of the other child have), and guess what? Yes, kids do still make MISTAKES. That's right, I say MISTAKE. However, this mistake escalated is really nobody's business and everyone is just speculating. That is what the courts are for. This mistake, or moment of poor judgment, does not determine who Matthew is. His 17 years of being a wonderful boy, hospital volunteer, honor student, athlete, and all-around great kid are who he really has and will continue to be. That does not get erased. If any of your children have never been in trouble, then Kudos to you. I will tell you if it were your kid, Matthew's parents would not pass judgment and would have true heartfelt compassion for you. The only thing needed here are prayers for all involved. Please stop the negativity and reserve judgment for the courts. There are wonderful people involved here. Why would you hurt them with your words when they have been hurt enough?
Pat October 08, 2011 at 01:23 PM
I couldn't have put it any better Maureen...
God's Jewel October 08, 2011 at 11:10 PM
I know Matt from my brother..he didnt sound like a bad kid. I feel bad for him, and I hope the charges aren't pursued. I'll be prayng for him and his family..
Rick October 09, 2011 at 11:36 PM
May the Lord bless them and keep them both
S October 10, 2011 at 02:48 PM
"The only mistake this poor young man made was not finishing the job." you're right, dealing drugs wasn't a mistake at all.
Jim October 12, 2011 at 01:12 AM
does anybody know what he was sentenced?

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