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Massena parolee jailed for threatening man with knife

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MENACING - MASSENA - A 24-year-old Massena man faces two felony charges after he allegedly threatened another man with a knife during a May 27 confrontation on Center Street.

Village police charged Donald A. Fifield Jr. of 141 Carey Road with felony counts of first-degree menacing and criminal possession of a weapon and a trespassing violation late Thursday night. The arrest took place at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, where he is being held on an alleged parole violation. St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility officials said Fifield had been jailed on the parole hold early Thursday evening.

Police had responded to reports of a large fight at 254 Center St. at approximately 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The complaints indicated one of the men was armed with a baseball bat and another man had a knife.

Craig M. Tassie , 33, told police he and his girlfriend, Lisa M. Rider, 31, both of 254 Center St., Apt. 1, Massena, had been sitting on their front porch when they noticed a large group of people approaching them for the area of the nearby footbridge stopping at 258 Center St.

“They began to yell over at me calling me a child molester and saying that they were going to kick my ... They were all drinking and partying outside in the parking lot,” he noted in his statement to police.

“After listenening to them threaten me for a while, I decided to grab my cell phone and start recording them. They yelled over that it was illegal be doing so,” Mr. Tassie added.

He said Steven and Laura Deshane, joined by a man that he did not know later identified as Fifield, started running toward his property.

“When I noticed this unknown subject had a knife in his hands, I went to the side of the steps and picked up a wooden baseball bat,” Mr. Tassie said.

He noted Marc Lapradd, who had been with the group, came over to this property and pushed Fifield away from him. “Steven then told me to put the bat down and fight him. Laura was also trying to come at me at the same time but was stopped by Lisa. Eventually some other people came over and pulled Steven and Laura away. I continued to record the entire time until the police arrived,” he noted in his statement.

Fifield had been sentenced to one to three years in state prison for a third-degree criminal mischief conviction, but he was placed in the 120-day Willard Substance Abuse Treatment Program with the remainder of his sentence scheduled to be paroled under community supervision.

Fifield had been held on a parole violation from Dec. 20 to April 10.

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