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Convicted sex offender jailed after threatening housemate with hammer

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MASSENA - A 37-year-old Massena man was jailed early Tuesday morning after he threatened his roommate with a hammer during an argument at their Malby Avenue residence.

Massena Village Police charged Skelly A. Crowell, 37, of 50 Malby Ave., Massena, with second-degree menacing after he allegedly threatened Aaron Adams with a hammer following an argument between the two men.

As part of that investigation, police charged Crowell with false personation after he allegedly identified himself to officers as Tracy Crowell and a felony count of failure to register as a sex offender.

Crowell, a Level II sex offender, failed to report that he had moved to Massena in late March. His last known address on the state sex offender registry was 140 High St., Watertown. The charge was elevated to a felony due to Crowell’s March 5 conviction for a misdemeanor charge of failure to register in Watertown court.

He was additionally charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration after he refused to allow police officers to fingerprint him.

He was arraigned by Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility. The court indicated it couldn’t set bail since Crowell has two prior felony convictions including a second-degree assault count that led to a three-year prison sentence. He was last released from the Bare Hill Correctional Facility in February 2010.

Mr. Adams told police Crowell became upset with him Monday evening when he suggested he should start looking for work. He said Crowell told him he couldn’t look for work because there was an active warrant for his arrest and suggested he needed to pump his brakes, a phrase the Urban Dictionary website defines as telling someone to slow down when trying to jump to conclusions about someone or something; to slow your role or to caution another concerning any particular matter.

“I told Skelly I needed to go to bed, and Skelly got mad at me. Skelly told (the two kids) to leave and go out the back door because he didn’t want them to see what he was going to do to me. The kids went out the back door, and I went outside to call 911,” Mr. Adams said in a statement he signed for police.

“After I got off the phone with the police department, Amanda Robinson called me. While I was on the phone with Amanda, Skelly came running at me with a hammer in his hand. I wasn’t sure if he was going to hit me with the hammer or not but when Skelly got up on me I grabbed Shelly by his shirt and pulled him to the ground. The hammer hit the ground so I grabbed it and threw it away from us,” he said, noting the police then showed up at the scene.

“Skelly and I have been getting along fine until tonight when Skelly started drinking alcohol,” Mr. Adams noted.

Court documents indicated Crowell had initially stayed with Ms. Robinson when he moved to Massena but moved in with her sister, Nicole Snyder, a short time later. Mr. Adams said he and Skelly moved into Snyder’s home at approximately the same time.

Crowell was convicted of third-degree rape in March 2004 in Jefferson County stemming from an incident when he allegedly had sexual relations with a female under 15 years of age. He had been sent to prison for three years for a May 2004 conviction for second-degree assault conviction from Jefferson County. He was sent back to prison for parole violations and was released from the Bare Hill Correctional Facility, Malone, in February 2010 at the maximum expiration of his prison term.

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