State police searching for suspect in machete attack

Jebadiah Brenno
Jebadiah Brenno(State Police)
Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 3:48 PM EDT
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TOWN OF OSWEGATCHIE, N.Y. (WWNY) - State police are looking for a town of Oswegatchie man in connection with a Christmas Eve machete attack at his home.

According to the New York State Police Facebook page, 38 year old Jebadiah Brenno attacked a person at the Lee Road home on December 24.

Police say Brenno was armed with a machete and the victim, a 47 year old man, suffered multiple cuts and stab wounds. The alleged victim was taken to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg for treatment.

Brenno is wanted on charges of second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Police say they believe he’s still in the area.

He’s described as being 5-feet, 10-inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, and having black hair and green eyes.

If you have information about Brenno’s whereabouts, you’re asked to contact state police at 518-873-2750 or email

In a statement given to police and obtained by 7 News, the alleged victim, Gary Holland Jr., described Brenno as an acquaintance.

On December 24, Holland told police he went to Brenno’s home after Brenno allegedly threatened his mother with a knife.

“As soon as he opened the door...he just started hitting me. He was hitting me with something in his hand but all I could see was a black object. I thought it was a bat at first. As soon as he hit me, I started swinging with my fists. I could feel something warm running down my left arm and I looked and saw bright red blood. I then saw what Jeb was hitting me with and realized he was stabbing me with a machete. I know it was a machete because it used to belong to me and I had previously given that exact machete to Jeb as a gift,” he said.

Holland also told police that he was able to knock out Brenno with a punch, take the machete and leave for home, where a friend called 911.

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