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A Queens woman has been charged with attempted murder after she slashed her boyfriend’s neck with a weapon during an altercation in Calverton, according to Riverhead Police.

Police said Claudia Patricia Garcia Vargas, 53, was arrested in Queens on Tuesday after an investigation into an incident that occurred around midnight on Sunday, July 24. Police received a call to respond to a residence on Fresh Pond Avenue in Calverton where Garcia Vargas’ then-boyfriend, Daniel Saaverra, 58, also of Queens, sought assistance for a wound to his neck. 

Saaverra was interviewed by officers at the scene, where he said earlier that evening he was a passenger in a vehicle operated by Garcia Vargas. Saaverra said she stopped her vehicle on the side of the roadway on Fresh Pond Avenue and attacked him with an unknown “type of knife or sharp object,” according to police. Saaverra was transported by the Wading River Fire Department to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, and an investigation by the detective division and K-9 unit assisted in an investigation at the scene.

After further investigation, Garcia Vargas was arrested and transported to the Riverhead Police Department where she was charged with Attempted Murder 2nd Degree, Assault 1st Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree. She was processed on the charges and held for arraignment.

The investigation into the incident remains ongoing. Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the Riverhead Police Detective Division at (631) 727-4500 ext 289.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]