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Man Who Stabbed 8-Year-Old Had Planned to Attack a Child

Man Who Stabbed 8-Year-Old Had Planned to Attack a Child

Evan Sachs, 23, was arrested after he snuck up behind a child at Dave and Buster's in Westbury, L.I.,and stabbed him with the 4-inch hunting knife, cops said.

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

October 11, 2010

WESTBURY, NY – The wild-eyed Long Island man who stabbed an 8-year-old boy playing video games has a history of mental illness and had planned the attack, prosecutors said.

Evan Sachs, 23, was allegedly carrying a note saying he was committed to hurting a child when he walked into a Dave & Buster’s in Westbury Friday night and plunged a knife into the boy’s back five times.

“It’s an attack, judge, that he had thought about,” said Nassau County assistant district attorney, Daniel Looney, said in court Saturday, Newsday reported.

The boy was rushed into emergency surgery with a collapsed lung, but the injuries are not considered life-threatening, authorities said.

Investigators said Sachs appeared to have no connection to the child or his family and the baffling attack seemed to be random.

Sachs’ lawyer, Charles Rosenblum, said his client “is under psychiatric care,” and takes five different medications, some of which had recently been changed.

Sachs had worked until recently at a movie theater in Farmingdale and has no criminal record.

His parents, Daniel and Randi Sachs, told Newsday that their son “is not a bad person.”

“They are all devastated by what happened,” Rosenblum said.

A deranged Long Island man jammed a hunting knife into an 8-year-old’s back five times Friday night while the child played video games at a family restaurant, cops said.

Evan Sachs, 23, crept up behind the child at Dave and Buster’s in Westbury, L.I., put his hand on the boy’s shoulder and stabbed him with the black 4-inch blade, cops said.

The bleeding child staggered to his mother – sitting just 20 feet away – and collapsed.

His father heard the mother screaming and rushed over. A customer who saw the stabbing approached the dad and told him the attacker was hiding in the bathroom.

Together, they detained Sachs until cops arrived. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

The boy was rushed to an area hospital and treated for a partially collapsed lung, among other injuries. He is in stable condition after emergency surgery, police said.

Cops were baffled by the attack. Sachs has no apparent relationship with the boy or his family, cops said, nor does he have a criminal record.

“There’s no link between the two at all,” said Lt. Kevin Smith of the Nassau County Police Department. “The attack seems to have been unprovoked.”

The victim and his parents told police they don’t know Sachs or his family, Smith said. They live in different towns and are all different ages.

“They had no interaction at all, and why he plunged a knife into this small boy is unknown,” Smith said. “It’s just a tragedy that something like this happened. He was there for no other apparent reason but to commit this type of act.”

  • N1023300020_30025442_7610_max50


    over 3 years ago


    praying for the 8 yr old!

  • Me_in_iraq_max50


    over 3 years ago


    well god bless to the lil one and his family and i think some guys in the prison system would love to have a fine little meeting with this Evan sachs.i think he will have more then mental problems in the big house

  • Me_in_iraq_max50


    over 3 years ago


    well god bless to the lil one and his family and i think some guys in the prison system would love to have a fine little meeting with this Evan sachs.i think he will have more then mental problems in the big house

  • I_haven_t_forget_max50


    over 3 years ago


    My prayers will go out for this family in moments of a really hard time and sorrow,unfortunately individuals like that are out there but I think and I am sure justice is knocking on the door,GOD be with them.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    What a freaking Jerk ..... Omg poor lil boy ... His life was cut to short .... My prayers go out to his family and god bless him and his family .................

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    over 3 years ago



  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Mr. Sachs is really a very nice person deep down. Perhaps six feet under would do nicely.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Horrible news. Mr. Sachs appears to be a very aggressive person, judging by viewing his photo. I hope justice is serving to the fullest extent of law for such criminal offense. Get well soon angle!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    I wonder if he still had the knife on him when Officers arrived...and I wonder how the boys father controlled himself

  • Bearcat_smoke-rgb_max50


    over 3 years ago


    My thoughts and prayers go out to this poor little boy and his family. Hope he has a speedy recovery. As for this scumbag, he doesn't deserve to live after this. Its just disgusting...

  • Marinesegaiwoblues1024x768_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I just love it when the parents get interviewed! "My child is not a bad person!" THEY'RE THE MENTAL ONES!
    Mentally ill or not, this dude thought it out and even admitted that he planned an attack on a child. That is clear concise thinking. I can't wait to see what the snake oil salesman attorney tries to use as a defense.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    This happened near my parents home in Westbury a very nice community that many people would not expect this sort of thing to occur. This just goes to show crime knows no zip code. There are crazy people all over the place, all you can do is keep your eyes on your kids and try to look out for one another as parents. I hope this child will be o.k..

  • Quickley-b240_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I have to agree with kikboxfox on this one, that guy would never have come out of that bathroom alive

  • Knighttemplar2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Gutless Turd!

  • 69449_1211356382103_1774586232_374199_4168085_n_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    NOT A BAD PERSON??????????????? Hello denial!! Just another reason to carry at all times!!!!

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