Motive Unclear In Child Stabbing At Dave And Buster’s

WESTBURY, N.Y. (CBS 2) — An eight-year-old boy was stabbed in the back at Dave and Buster’s for no reason at all, and the senseless violence has left a Long Island community reeling.

A Nassau County man is in jail, accused of the unthinkable attack, reports CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

Police say 23-year-old Evan Sachs, a movie theater worker from Merrick, stabbed the innocent boy. They say he walked into the Dave and Buster’s in Westbury on Friday night alone, and randomly plunged a folding knife into the boy’s back.

“You’ll find crazy people anywhere – even at Dave and Buster’s,” Bernard Etienne said.

“You expect a family place to be very safe, so yes, it is surprising,” Ann Monroe said.

“Why do people do what they do? I don’t know,” Nassau Police Lieutenant Kevin Smith said.

Lt. Smith said the boy survived after being stabbed five times. He’s currently in the intensive care unit at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola with a collapsed lung, but, incredibly, he’s expected to recover.

Police say the boy was just 20 feet away from his parents, playing a video game at the arcade, when Sachs went straight for him.

“He’s approached from behind by someone who puts their left hand on his left shoulder, and that individual takes a knife and plunges it into his back several times,” Lt. Smith said.

The boy’s father and a witness cornered Sachs within seconds of the attack, holding him until police arrived.

The business issued the following statement on the incident: “All of us at Dave and Buster’s are shocked and deeply saddened. Our thoughts go out to the victim and his family, and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.”

The statement goes on to say that Dave and Buster’s does everything it can to ensure the safety of its guests and employees, and that the company is cooperating with police in their investigation.

“There’s no apparent relationship between this boy and the defendant, none whatsoever, there’s no connection,” Lt. Smith said.

There’s also no apparent motive. Police say Sachs has no prior record, and no known history of mental illness.

Even Sachs’ neighbors in Merrick, where he lives with his parents, were surprised. One woman told CBS 2 that Sachs is a nice, quiet person.

Sachs is charged with attempted murder and remains in police custody.

Police said the boy and his parents are from North Hempstead. His name has not been released.


One Comment

  1. Bite ME NYC says:

    nice city you got there. every story is shooting, stabbing, rape, shooting, robbery, shooting….never ends. At least i can protect myself where i live. have fun looking over your shoulder.

  2. Proud Agnostic says:

    When will people get it?The crazies and the savages don’t give a damm about gun laws.The court are stacked with bolshevik judges.The politicians are spineless panderers.Honest law abiding citizens are helpless to defend themselves.NY needs less gun laws ,not more!

  3. poet says:

    dont u just hate it when those lil whiper snapers beat u at street fighter……all jokes aside…i hoope this guy does not get lighter punishment because he is proven to be and we all know he is….crazy….that would suck balls if that happened ..and we all know its gana…whata shame…poor kid is gona have nitemares for a long time….poor kid…

  4. stormin says:

    You have it right Mitch if that were my kid i would have blown that guys brains out.
    There are always bleeding hearts that seem to be on the perps side they are probably members of n.a.b.l.e.r.

    1. KPMc says:


      Can you tell me what that stands for?

      If you’re going to somehow equate people that don’t want to see others murdered even for revenge with pedophilia at least get the acronym right so people have some clue what you’re talking about…. even if it doesn’t make any sense.

      Hmmmnn.. So if someone would rather see a person who commits a violent crime taken into custody and be punished by our justice system as opposed to firing a weapon and killing them in front of families and children in a crowded arcade-restaurant that makes them pedophiles???

      … yeah… i see the connection now. makes total sense

  5. bsb says:

    the mentally ill just don’t care, nor do they really know their psychopathic faults. so to say that a harsher penalty is warrented in all things involving children is, at best, mp deterrent. and at worst, without ever any explanation.

  6. Justin A says:

    I am pretty sure crimes against child have changed added on to lengthen sentences…..but this guy doesnt deserve to live…..i suggest a public execution

    1. KPMc says:

      I can see by yours and Alan’s comments that we are really beating that extremist Muslim influence. Stonings and public executions is the path you want the USA to take??

  7. alan says:

    somebody like that does not deserve to go to jail he deserves to be put in hole with his head only out and stoned to last breath

    1. KPMc says:

      Yes… that sounds like the American way. Maybe we can scream that ‘god is great’ while doing it to.

  8. HUGO says:

    He must have some serious mental problems.

  9. Flynn says:

    Josh P for President.

  10. Josh P says:

    Crimes against children deserve harsher sentences. The criminals also deserve a life inprisonment without the privilege of solid food, daylight, or any creature comforts. If it were up to me, I would flip the switch on this guy and not blink twice.

  11. jimbo says:

    Its simple , he’s a crazy man without a soul.

  12. Silvia says:

    This is Horrible….

  13. The Mitch says:

    The Northeast states need to get their chit together and pass some gun laws allowing the citizens to carry concealed weapons. This wack job would be dead if he lived in my state.

    1. Smac says:

      If you read other news reports, nobody knew it was happening until it was over. Then Dad and a witness tackled the guy. So unless you want to be judge, jury, and executioner after the fact, having a gun would not have helped. It certainly wouldn’t have stopped the gut.

      1. David Lloyd says:

        Yeah, and who else would have been shot in the confusion?? Juts what we would need is more whack jobs carrying guns!!

    2. nathan says:

      Please Mitch STAY in your state.

    3. Flynn says:

      yeah, because that’s what we need here…people who are already on edge due to job losses and home losses carrying firearms into crowded restaurants and malls.

      I may not know what the solution is, but I sure as hell know guns aren’t it.

  14. Spoiled yapping dog says:

    Jeezus. This is like the movie “theCrazies” and everyone with a bug up their azz is going bonkers and doing the stabbystabby thing. Almost make you wish you stayed home and had takeout instead.

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