Four Fort Drum men have been indicted on robbery and assault charges for allegedly mugging a Watertown man in June.
Tori K. Vick, 24, Terrell A. Sweet, 22, William M. Payne, 26, and Ben D. Combs, 22, each were charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and single counts of second- and third-degree assault, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.
The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment handed up Monday in Jefferson County Court.
It is alleged that the men forcibly stole about $150 from Paul E. LaDuke by knocking him to the ground in the 600 block of Boyd Street and then striking and kicking him on the head and body, causing cuts, scrapes and a broken tooth, resulting in pain and requiring medical treatment. Police said at the time that the men came down from a porch and surrounded Mr. LaDuke on the street. Mr. LaDuke, a co-owner of Audio Arsenal, 1057 Arsenal St., told police that the attackers had told him they would stop the alleged assault when he surrendered his cash.
Other indictments handed up:
Leonard D. Gray, 25, Watertown, is charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and single counts of second-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, second- and third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal mischief.
It is alleged that on June 24, he entered the Starbuck Avenue apartment of Michele R. Bowens without permission with the intent of committing a crime and that he punched and kicked Ms. Bowenss son, Corey R. Smith, causing a cut, bruising and pain. It also is alleged that he restrained Mr. Smith while displaying a knife and threatening to use deadly physical force. He also damaged a door and other items belonging to Ms. Bowens, according to the indictment.
Richard J. Massia, 30, address not available, is charged with a single count of second-degree burglary and six counts each of petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. It is alleged that sometime in August 2011, he entered the Watertown home of Mary Parry and stole two purses, a necklace, diamond earrings, a ruby ring and an onyx ring.
Linda M. Clyde-Jones, 49, address not available, faces counts of third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. It is alleged that between Dec. 10 and 12 in the town of Antwerp, she stole a necklace valued at more than $3,000 from Sheila Yates.
Jacqueline J. Burdick, 51, town of Rutland, is charged with third- and fourth-degree grand larceny and third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. It is alleged that on March 20, she stole a 2003 Saturn from Affordable Rent-A-Car, 342 Factory St. Police said at the time that she rented the vehicle from the business and never returned it.
Ervin J. Best, 43, Watertown, is charged with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and single counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, first-degree criminal contempt and unlawful possession of marijuana.
It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine in early September in Watertown and that he possessed the drug with the intent to sell it in mid-September. It also is alleged that he had scales and balances used to weigh the drug and small plastic bags used to package it and that he had a small amount of marijuana. He also refused to answer questions after being sworn in Oct. 4 as a witness in grand jury proceedings, according to the indictment.
Garet R. David, 26, address not available, is charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and failure to signal. It is alleged that more than 10 pounds of marijuana was found in his vehicle March 15 on Interstate 81 in the town of Watertown after his vehicle was halted for failing to signal a lane change.
Rajsheem L. Richardson, 25, Watertown, faces two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and single counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. It is alleged that in mid-June, he possessed cocaine and oxycodone with the intent of selling the drugs in Watertown and that he ran from Officer Kenny C. Noone as the officer tried to arrest him on Holcomb Street.
Anthony J. Ramirez, 33, and Selina E.T. Sochia, 19, both of Watertown, each is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. It is alleged that on July 24, they stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from Walmart on Route 3 in the town of Watertown.
William M. Kiser, 30, Watertown, is charged with third-degree assault. It is alleged that on March 23, he struck and kicked Melza R.C. White, Adams Center, on Cooper Street, causing a broken jaw and a serious groin injury to Mr. White.