State police charge 7 in Norfolk burglary, attack

WWNY State police charge 7 in Norfolk burglary, attack

NORFOLK, N.Y. (WWNY) - State police have charged seven people in connection with a burglary and brutal assault in August inside a Norfolk home.

Police also released a little more information about just how bad the assault was.

In their statement Wednesday, state police described the injured man this way: “The victim was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital for numerous lacerations to the face and head, two broken ribs and a collapsed lung.”

There were actually two incidents on August 28 - state police said the people charged forced their way into the home the first time at 5:30 p.m. and then some of them returned to the home and forced their way in a second time at 11 p.m., again armed with weapons, and carried out their assault.

All were charged with one count each of burglary 1st degree and conspiracy 4th degree.

Here’s the list of people charged:

  • Austin M. Mitchell, 19, Massena; arraigned virtually by Town of Oswegatchie Court, and remanded to St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 secured bond.
  • Schuyler G. Mitchell, 22, Massena; arraigned virtually by Town of Oswegatchie Court, and remanded to St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 secured bond.
  • Sinclair D. Babb Jr., 21, Massena; arraigned virtually by Town of Canton Court, and remanded to St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 secured bond.
  • Nelson J. Feliz, 22, Massena; arraigned virtually by Clifton Town Court, and released to the supervision of Probation.
  • Richard L. Schwartfigure Jr., 26, Canton; arraigned virtually by Town of Morristown Court, and remanded to St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility without bail.
  • 18-year-old male of Massena; arraigned virtually by Town of Morristown Court, and remanded to St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 secured bond.
  • Catherine N. Martin, 29, Massena; arraigned virtually by Town of Oswegatchie Court, and released to the supervision of Probation.

Austin M. Mitchell and Schuyler G. Mitchell were charged with an additional count each of Burglary 1st degree and Conspiracy 4th degree, due to their involvement in both incidents, police said.

So what was the motive for the alleged attack? Police aren’t saying, but neighbors were happy to hear about the arrests.

“It’s a very good thing that they got ‘em. I’m glad...I didn’t want to have to worry about if they were coming back....That was just too close for comfort for me,” said Sammi Donovan-Knott.

State Police were assisted by the Norfolk Police Department.

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