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Massena man charged with chasing man with brick, knife sent back to jail

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MASSENA - A 27-year-old Massena man charged with chasing another man with a knife and a brick Saturday afternoon on South Main Street was sent back to the county jail following an appearance in Massena Village Court.

Village police charged Bobby C. Page Jr., of 33 McCluskey Ave., also listing a 441 South Main St., Massena, address, with two counts of second-degree menacing and second-degree harassment Saturday afternoon after he allegedly attempted to attack another man with a brick and then a knife on South Main Street.

Village police said they received a complaint at 3:30 p.m. Saturday that Page had been chasing James J. Love, 28, with a brick on South Main Street. After Mr. Love was able to wrestle the brick away from him, Page went inside his apartment, grabbed a knife and again attempted to attack Mr. Love.

Police said Page initially swung a red brick at Mr. Love several times in front of 441 South Main St. before the alleged victim was able to knock the brick out of his hands. Page then reportedly went inside his residence, grabbed a kitchen knife with a four-and-a-half-inch blade, returned to the sidewalk in front of the apartment building and started swinging the knife at Mr. Love. The alleged victim kept backing away from Page until he threw the kitchen knife into a grass embankment near the bridge crossing state Route 420 near East Hatfield Street.

Page demanded an opportunity to provide his side of the story during his first appearance before Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson. He claimed he was simply defending his girlfriend, whom he claimed in court was being sexually harassed by Mr. Love.

Mr. Gustafson cautioned Page that anything he said in court could be used against him in the prosecution of his case, but the Massena man disregarded that precaution.

The village justice sent Page back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility and continued his bail at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

In other court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Richard Schwartfigure, 19, of 17 Parker Ave., Apt. 1, Massena, was sent back to the county jail with his bail continued at $1,000 following his court appearance.

Schwartfigure and John F. Hart, 18, of 259 Center St., Massena, had been charged by village police with third-degree assault early Sunday evening following an incident that reportedly took place shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday on Richards Street.

The two men are charged with punching John Swinyer, 31, of Hopson Road, Brasher, during an altercation that took place near the footbridge off Richards Street. The various witnesses interviewed by police provided differing accounts of the incident, but they all agreed it started with an alleged marijuana transaction.

Mr. Swinyer, his girlfriend and a female friend told police they traveled to Massena from Norfolk to purchase $50 worth of marijuana from Schwartfigure. They said Schwartfigure grabbed $50 from Mr. Swinyer’s girlfriend’s hands, but did not hand over any marijuana and when Mr. Swinyer attempted to intervene he was punched several times in the head and face and knocked to the ground. He was treated and released at Massena Memorial Hospital for injuries he sustained in the altercation.

■ Carrie L. Gambaccini, 34, of 11 Haskell St., Massena, was released from jail, where she had been held on $1,000 cash bail since April 6, and placed under the supervision of the probation department.

Village police had charged Gambaccini with second-degree menacing, disorderly conduct, obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest at 4:58 a.m. April 6 after responding to a domestic dispute complaint on South Main Street.

Police said Gambaccini, who was reportedly intoxicated, called their station to report they needed to send an officer to Robert Mackerer’s residence at 387 South Main St. or she was going to punch her boyfriend. Mr. Mackerer is Gambaccini’s boyfriend.

Police said when they arrived at the complaint Gambaccini started shouting obscenities on South Main Street and refused numerous requests to alter her behavior.

Mr. Mackerer, in a statement he signed for police, said Gambaccini was drunk when she came to his house and started to get loud and obnoxious. He said she then called a female friend phone and that conversation ended in a fight.

“Carrie was still screaming at me and cursing,” he said, noting his efforts to calm her down had been unsuccessful.

He said he was sitting on his bed when she left the room and returned with a steak knife and threatened to stab him.

“I told her to go ahead and stab me. She was acting crazy and yelling. I really thought she would stab me. Carrie then went back into the kitchen and stabbed a picture hanging on the wall,” Mr. Mackerer noted in his statement.

Police said after they took Gambaccini into custody she pulled away while being handcuffed and then refused to stand and walk to the patrol car. After being placed in the patrol car, Gambaccini reportedly attempted to get out of the vehicle and when unsuccessful attempted to kick the back side window out. She also spit on an officer during the incident.

The obstruction count alleges Gambaccini placed her shirt and toilet paper in the jail cell toilet and flooded the cell.

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