ASSAULT - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Michael A. Strader, 48, of Maple Street, Massena, with third-degree assault following an incident that reportedly took place at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Hannafords parking lot.
Troopers allege Strader, also known as Atruiaktonkia David, struck Davon D. Colon, 19, of 49 County Route 45, Apt. 21, Massena, several times in the face.
Strader was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released under the supervision of the probation department. The court also signed an order of protection directing him to have no contact with Mr. Colon or his mother, Katrina Jacobs.
Mr. Colon said his mother was still in the store, and he was putting groceries in the vehicle when he saw Strader approaching him.
I kinda recognize him and continued putting groceries away. The man said, You are dead. I figured out who he was. I didnt want to fight with him because I know he is a boxer, Mr. Colon told state police.
He said he was continuing to put groceries in the vehicle when Strader grabbed him by the shoulders and punched him in the left cheek and then punched him a second time in the head.
Mr. Colon, in his statement to troopers, said he then got in the vehicle, but Mr. Strader punched him a third time, striking him in the chest. He got in the car, and he tried to get me out of the car. I scooted over to the drivers side, and he got on top of me and told my to turn myself in, he said in his statement.
Strader, in his statement, said the confrontation stemmed from a previous incident involving his fiance and Mr. Colon.
We just got to the car, and my fiance said thats the guy. He looked at us. He looked at me. I told (asked) him what he was doing; he is supposed to stay away from us. He just said he did not do anything and smiled, Strader noted in his statement to troopers.
He said he then questioned the veracity of Mr. Colons recollection and provided him with an abridged version of the crime he allegedly committed.
Thats when he said he didnt do it again. I said why dont you say it to her face. He then smiled. I then pushed him hard in the face, Strader said.
Strader and Mr. Colon said at that point Ms. Jacobs came out to her vehicle, and Strader engaged in a verbal altercation with her.
An off duty police officer from Cornwall, Ont., then reportedly intervened and helped to separate the parties.