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Sun., Oct. 4
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Two men charged following investigation into Massena bar assault


ASSAULT - MASSENA - Two men face felony assault charges following an investigation into a July incident that reportedly left a Massena man with a swollen brain stem, a concussion and a fractured orbital socket.

Village police charged Travis J. Stacey, 22, of Kahnawake, Que., and Jake F. Dumas, 22, of 260 Whalen Road, Massena, with felony counts of third-degree assault and violations of second-degree harassment stemming from an investigation into an incident that took place at 1:15 p.m. July 22 at The Ale House, North Main Street. The two men turned themselves in on the pending arrest warrants Wednesday at the village police station.

They were arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and were released on their own recognizance with stipulations they commit no further offenses and abide by a temporary order of protection directing them to have no contact with the alleged victim and his girlfriend.

The two men allegedly punched and kicked Chad E. Gauthier in the face, head and body several times causing a fractured facial bone and concussion, according to court documents. The two men also reportedly shoved Jamie Molnar to the ground to get past her to fight with Mr. Gauthier.

Mr. Gauthier, in a statement he provided to police, said he left the bar to go to his vehicle to charge his cell phone. He said while he was outside he said Stacey, Dumas and a female with them arguing with Lacey Thompson and her mother in the parking lot. He said Ms. Thompson tried to drive away but Dumas initially ran in front of the vehicle and blocked her from leaving. “Eventually she was able to get around him and take off,” he said.

Mr. Gauthier said as he was going back inside the bar his fiance, Jamie Molnar, was exiting The Ale House to check on the parking lot disturbance. She was working as a bartender at The Ale House that night.

He said Dumas started grabbing at Ms. Molnar while she was in the parking lot. “I walked over to her and as I did both Stacey and Dumas started to fight with me. As I was walking back to the bar with Jamie, Stacey jumped around Jamie and began to attack me. He punched me several times in the face and once we made it back into the bar I fell to the ground. At that time, both Stacey and Dumas began punching me in the face and body area. I soon blacked out,” he noted in his statement to police.

He acknowledged when police first responded to the complaint he had indicated he didn’t want to press charges. The 35-year-old Massena man said he changed his mind after learning he had a facial bone fracture and a concussion.

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