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Massena man charged with assaulting daughter’s ex with a tire iron


MASSENA - A Massena man will have a chance to have a jail house reunion with his son after he was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon counts Thursday following an investigation into his role in the beating of his daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

Massena-based state police charged Gerald L. Dissottle Sr., 41, of 9851 state Route 56, Massena, with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He is charged with striking Benjamin R. Tipping with a tire iron at approximately 3:30 a.m. June 29 during an altercation on the side of state Route 37 in the town of Louisville.

He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear July 18 in Louisville Town Court. The court also signed a temporary order of protection directing the elder Dissottle to stay away from Mr. Tipping.

Massena-based state police had charged his son, Gerald L. Dissottle Jr., 21, of 532 Elliot Road, Norwood, with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon on Tuesday following an investigation into that same incident.

Dissottle Jr. was also arraigned by Justice Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. The court also issued a temporary order of protection directing Dissottle to have no contact with Mr. Tipping. Dissottle Jr. is also scheduled to reappear July 18 in Louisville Town Court.

Mr. Tipping, 26, of 14120 state Route 37, Louisville, in his statement to police, said he had been at his residence with Patience Dissottle and she left his residence about 3:30 a.m. June 29 and started walking back to Massena. He claimed she took his cell phone before leaving his residence. He said he left his residence a short time later to look for Ms. Dissottle and his cell phone.

He said a short time later as he was walking down state Route 37 following Ms. Dissottle a vehicle driven by her father stopped in the traffic lane. He said Gerald Dissottle St., Gerald Dissottle Jr. and David Labarge stepped out of the vehicle and attacked him.

“Jerry said to me you. ‘You are gonna get it now ... Both Jerry Sr. and Jerry Jr., along with David Labarge, ran up to me and swung at me several times and started beating ... me. I covered up my face and (laid) on my back. Then they started kicking me, and I just covered up,” Mr. Tipping told police.

He said there was a brief respite from the beating, and he heard the clanking of metal. “I saw Jerry Sr. grab a metal tire iron out of the back of the vehicle, and I heard Jerry Sr. say, ‘Grab the bat,’ to Jerry Jr. I remember big Jerry standing over me holding the tire iron. I did see Jerry Jr. holding a bat at one point. I was laying on my back, and I saw Jerry Sr. swinging the tire iron, but I don’t remember much after that. I was in and out of consciousness after this,” he noted in his statement to troopers.

Troopers allege Mr. Tipping suffered a concussion and several contusions and abrasions in the baseball bat attack. They said there investigation into the incident is continuing.

Dissottle Jr., in his statement to police, admitted he and his father had punched Mr. Tipping after they saw him grab Patience by the hair on the back of her head after she had called asking for a ride back to Massena. He denied the men had struck Mr. Tipping with a baseball bat and a tire iron.

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