Crime scene photos: NYC sledgehammer attack


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On November 11, 2012 Jake Nolan He accompanied his cousin, psychiatrist Dr. Pamela BuchbinderBuchbinder then went to a NYC Home Depot, where he bought a sledgehammer. 24 hours later, the sledgehammer was used as evidence in a crime that saw Nolan and Dr. Michael Weiss escape from the hospital.


Dr. Buchbinder and Jake Nolan can be seen, upper right, in a New York City Home Depot the night before Nolan attacked Dr. Michael Weiss — Buchbinder’s ex-lover. Buchbinder did not comment on the reasons she bought the sledgehammer.

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Dr. Michael Weiss, a psychiatrist maintained a home/office midtown Manhattan.

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Jake Nolan arrived at Weiss’ building in the early morning of November 12th 2012.

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Nolan then asked Weiss to print some financial forms. Nolan then went to the bathroom to prepare for his attack. Weiss said that Nolan emerged swinging the sledgehammer.

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Weiss said that he did not catch the full brunt the sledgehammer hit him on the shoulder, but he managed to duck.

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Weiss claims that Nolan then reached out for the kitchen knife he had with him.

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Nolan cut Weiss several times.

Jacob Nolan takes a photo

Nolan defense team


… and eventually spilled out into the public hallway Where neighbors heard the struggle and called 911. Nolan took this picture as the injured men waited for help.

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Weiss was physically larger than Nolan and overpowered his attacker. Weiss said that he grabbed Nolan’s knife and cut him in self defense.

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The two men fought in Dr. Weiss’ office.

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Both men were not able to live with life-threatening injuries, but Nolan was more severely hurt.

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Nolan claimed Pamela Buchbinder had manipulated him into attacking Weiss. Nolan was taken into custody and charged with second degree attempted murder. He was sentenced to nine and a half years imprisonment in 2016.

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Pamela Buchbinder was convicted of second-degree attempted murder in 2017 and first-degree attempted attack in 2018. 

In 2022, she agreed to spend 11 years prison in return for pleading guilty at attempted assault and a lesser crime in connection to Dr. Weiss’s attack.

 

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