Massena man charged with robbery, assault

Richard Christy
Richard Christy(St. Lawrence County Jail)
Published: May. 8, 2023 at 1:31 PM EDT
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TOWN OF POTSDAM, New York (WWNY) - A Massena man faces robbery, assault and other charges following a domestic dispute.

State police arrested 28-year-old Richard Christy on Monday.

Troopers were called to a home on County Route 34 in the town of Potsdam shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday for a reported domestic dispute.

According to court documents, a man who lives there confronted Christy about stealing $10 and called law enforcement.

Christy allegedly took the phone away from the man to prevent him from reporting the issue.

Police allege that Christy displayed a knife and made stabbing motions toward the man.

In the court documents, the man told police, “He lunged at me, stabbing the door with the knife sticking into it.” He continued, “He was yelling that he was going to kill me and my dog.”

Troopers said Christy fled the scene and was later located by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

Christy is charged with:

  • first-degree robbery
  • second-degree assault
  • third-degree criminal possession of a weapon
  • fourth-degree criminal mischief
  • aggravated family offense
  • seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
  • controlled substance in a non-original container

According to court documents, Christy was in possession of oxycodone pills and a glass smoking device containing cocaine residue

Christy was arraigned in Potsdam Town Court and was ordered held in the St. Lawrence County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the scene.