A Mineola teenager has been accused of hitting two men in the head with a hammer during an arugment sparked by a road-rage confrontation in Massapequa over the weekend.

Nassau County police arrested 18-year-old Santiago Orrego and his friend, 19-year-old Nicolas Russi, on assault charges.

Police said Orrego and Russi got out of their Audi and confronted two men, ages 28 and 20, in a Cadillac with whom they had a traffic dispute on Sunrise Highway at the corner of Louden Street at 11:32 p.m. Friday.

Orrego allegedly hit the 28-year-old victim in the right side of his head with a hammer. Orrego then allegedly hit the 20-year-old victim twice in the back of his head after the second victim tried to tackle Orrego, police said.

The victims were taken in to a local hospital for treatment of their lacerations.

Russi and Orrego fled the scene but they surrendered to the Third Precinct station house shortly later.

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Bail for Russi and Orrego was set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. They are due back in court on Tuesday.


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