A homeless man has been arrested for stabbing a man who gave him a dollar after the victim refused the suspect’s demands to hand over more money, Nassau County police said.

James Howley will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead on charges of assault, attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said the 46-year-old suspect persistently asked the victim and the victim’s friend for a dollar near the corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Meacham Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday.

While the victim was giving Howley a dollar, the suspect saw more money in the victim’s wallet and demanded to be given more, but the victim refused, police said.

That’s when police said Howley pulled out a knife and stabbed and slashed the victim’s face, neck, chest and hands.

The victim fought back, hitting Howley with a pipe that he found on the ground. Howley fled but the victim pointed him out to police when Howley showed up at the same hospital where the victim was being treated, police said.

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Fourth Squad detectives also charged Howley with criminal mischief for allegedly throwing a brick through the store front glass window at Smart Star Gas Station on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square.


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