Man attacks teen with machete at Utica playground

Saw Pa

A man is accused of attacking a teen with a machete at a Utica playground Tuesday night.

Utica Police say they were called to Oâ??Connor playground at Arthur Street and Vincent Street for a large fight around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say they found a 16-year-old male with a large cut on his arm.

Police say the teen was playing soccer with friends when a vehicle stopped. A man, later identified as 19-year-old Saw Pa of Utica, got out of the vehicle, approached the teen, and they began fighting.

During the fight, police say a second suspect handed Pa a machete who swung it at the teen slicing his arm.

The teen was taken a local hospital where he underwent surgery.

Police say Pa fled the scene and officers located his vehicle in the 1500 block of Howard Avenue.

Pa is charged with felony assault and misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon.