Conviction in machete attack

Sebastian Garro, 39, Lester, Tinicum Township, was convicted Friday, Dec. 14, of aggravated assault on his roommate who he attacked with a machete and metal pipe in January 2017.

Following a jury trial before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge George A. Pagano, Sebastian Garro was found guilty of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, endangering the welfare of a child, a felon not to possess a firearm, and possessing instruments of a crime. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 15.

Sebastian Garro

On behalf of the Commonwealth, Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Riley prosecuted the case and the investigation was led by Sergeant James Y. Simpkins, Jr., of the Tinicum Township Police Department with assistance from the Delaware County District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division.

On January 27, 2017, at 3:41 a.m., officers from the Tinicum Township Police Department responded to a residence on Seneca Street in Lester for a report of a home invasion. Upon arrival, the victim who is the homeowner was located in his bed with severe lacerations to his head, arm and ankle. He was transported to Chester Crozer Medical Center for his injuries. Also present was the victim’s roommate, Sebastian Garro, who claimed that he was in Norwood when he received a call from his roommate, telling Garro that he was injured. According to the victim, he was in bed when Sebastian Garro attacked him with a machete and a metal pipe. As a result, he received numerous severe and large lacerations to his head, along with his right arm and left ankle. Garro’s 2-year-old daughter was at the residence at the time of the attack.

“Sebastian Garro is an extremely dangerous and violent individual who brutally attacked his roommate in the middle of the night,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “As the result of his reckless and violent actions, he is now in prison where he will stay for a very long time.  I would like to commend Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Riley for bringing this case to justice, Sergeant James Simpkins for his thorough investigation, and our Criminal Investigation Division who assisted with this case.”



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