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Police make two more arrests in alleged hate-crime assault

November 13, 2012
By staff ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Village police have arrested two more people for their role in a racially charged assault outside Romano's Saranac Lanes last month.

Monroe F. Gladd III, 35, of Saranac Lake, was charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime, a class E felony, at 11:11 a.m. on Monday. He was arrested on a warrant from village court for his involvement in an altercation outside the bar in the early morning hours of Oct. 28.

Eric D. Ryan, 42, of Saranac Lake, was charged with disorderly conduct at 12:07 p.m. Monday. Police said Ryan was not directly involved in the fight, but conducted himself in a "threatening, tumultuous manner" while officers were investigating the incident.

Three people have now been arrested for their involvement in the melee. A 28-year-old Vermontville man, Bernard J. McCormick, was arrested Sunday on a charge of third-degree assault as a hate crime.

The Enterprise has published two letters from witnesses to the incident, one of whom, Rikelmy Williams, said her husband, who is African-American, was jumped by several people and had to be taken to the hospital to get five stiches on his face. She was upset that police, at that point, hadn't made any arrests.

Police Chief Bruce Nason said police didn't immediately make arrests because his officers had to get statements from those involved in the incident.

Gladd was processed, arraigned and released of his own recognizance to appear at a later date.

Ryan was arrested and released on an appearance ticket returnable to Saranac Lake village court at a later date.



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