A Long Island man detained in connection with a May assault was arrested after police discovered he was in possession of a forged resident alien card.
Juan Velasquez, 33, was initially questioned by police after he allegedly hit another man in the face with a beer bottle in a May 21 altercation. Police say Velasquez used the broken bottle to cut the man’s chest multiple times.
The victim was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center where he received multiple stitches for the wounds.
According to published reports, law enforcement found out Velasquez had a fake resident alien card after he arrived at police headquarters for the assault charge. The suspect has been charged with two felonies – including criminal possession of a forged instrument and assault in the second degree – as well as a misdemeanor charge for criminal possession of a weapon.
Resident alien cards were replaced by permanent resident cards in the 1990s, according to US Immigration and Custom Services. Resident alien cards are no longer valid and must be replaced by a current green card.