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BRASHER FALLS — State police charged a Brasher Falls man with two counts of second-degree menacing Saturday night.

Robert F. O’Sullivan, 37, allegedly pulled a knife on patrons at Riverview Bar & Restaurant in the town of Brasher, troopers said. He was also charged with second-degree criminal trespass and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon with intent to injure.

He was arraigned by Massena Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond.

O’Sullivan reportedly bought a round for everybody in the bar at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, and Darrin K. Latrace, Norfolk, said he went over to the stranger, introduced himself and thanked him for the beers. He said since the man appeared to be alone at the bar he invited him to join his group, and they sat and talked for a period of time. He said O’Sullivan indicated he had been serving overseas.

Mr. Latrace said he left the bar for a period of time and when he went back in he started to pick up the money he had left on the bar. “When I reached to pick up my money off the bar, the guy reached to grab my money too. I grabbed his hand and asked him what he was doing,” Mr. Latrace noted in the statement he signed for police.

“The guy said something to the effect that ‘You aren’t going anywhere unless I get what I want.’ I asked him what I wanted, and he responded that he was ‘looking for —- and not the female kind.’ I looked down and saw that the guy had something in his hand, but I couldn’t see exactly what it was. Then I felt something poke me on the inside of my right leg. I looked down and saw that the guy had a folding pocket knife with about a six-inch blade up against my leg,” he added in his statement.

Mr. Latrace said he kept talking to O’Sullivan in an attempt to calm him down because he was concerned he was going to be stabbed. Mr. Latrace said his wife then walked up the bar to get a ginger ale and O’Sullivan said, ‘Do me a favor,’ closed the knife and put it back into his pocket.

Mr. Latrace said he left the bar area for a few moments, told a couple of his friends about the incident, and they went outside to confront O’Sullivan. He said O’Sullivan denied being in a possession of knife, and the men told him to get lost.

One of the men that went outside with Mr. Latrace, Jeffrey P. White, said O’Sullivan started walking up Route 11C toward the bridge. Mr. White said the other men went back into the bar through the main door, and he walked toward the back door closest to Route 11C.

“As I approached the door, I saw Rob standing in the street, and he yelled to me, ‘Come on you big .., and I saw that he had a knife in his right hand. I could clearly see the blade on the knife. I was pretty concerned that Rob might come at me with the knife because I was outside by myself,” Mr. White noted in his statement to troopers.

He told police he said he shouted something at O’Sullivan, took a couple of steps in his direction and then saw O’Sullivan start running toward the bridge before turning around and running past the bar in the opposite direction.

Police located O’Sullivan approximately 45 minutes later in a 30-foot Salem LE travel trailer parked at 39 Locke Street and owned by Glen A. Perry.

Mr. Perry said he was in Chateaugay visiting his mother when he received a phone call informing him there were several police officers at his residence. He said he learned someone had been hiding in his trailer and when he returned home he discovered a portion of the entry door was pushed out, the steps seemed like they had been broken and it appeared all the cabinet doors inside the trailer had been opened. He told state police he did not know O’Sullivan.

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