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Massena man charged with unlawful imprisonment


MASSENA - Village police charged Joseph J. Belile, 29, of 2 Willow St., Apt. 304, Massena, with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief following a domestic dispute at 2:04 p.m. Sunday at his Willow Street residence.

He was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and released to reappear in village court at a later date.

Belile was charged with punching a hole in the bathroom door in the apartment and then preventing Sarah Gauthier from leaving the residence.

Ptl. Andy Richards, in his supporting deposition, said he responded to 2 Willow St. on a complaint that a female was screaming. He said he heard the screaming coming from the third floor when he entered the building. “Upon entering the third floor hallway, I heard the female scream, ‘Help, help, he won’t let me out,’” he said.

The village patrolman said he entered the unlocked door to the apartment and found Belile and Ms. Gauthier in the living room. “Joseph was standing between Sarah and the door to the apartment. Sarah stated that Joe got mad because she bought a pizza and then he punched the bathroom door. I asked Sarah was happened, and she said, ‘He put his hands on me,” Ptl, Richards wrote in his statement.

He said Belile then intervened. “Joe responded by saying, ‘Don’t tell them anything. I’ll get arrested. Don’t give them a statement. Don’t sign anything, tell them I didn’t do anything,’” the village patrolman noted.

Ptl. Richards said Belile told him he had hit the bathroom door with his elbow. The village patrolman he saw what appeared to be fresh blood near the hole in the door and noticed Belile had a scrape on his eight elbow that was bleeding.

Belile had been charged with several counts earlier this month after he allegedly threatened a pair of brothers and their father with a knife outside the Delmar Sportsman’s Tavern.

Belile was charged with second-degree menacing, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct following the incident.

The weapon’s count was not held over for grand jury action after Mr. Gustafson ruled following a preliminary hearing there was not enough evidence presented to meet the standards necessary to believe Belile had committed a felony offense.

In his statement to police Scott A. Love, 49, of Norfolk said he witnessed the beginning of the incident from inside the bar.

“While I was inside the Delmar my sons went outside to have a smoke,” he said. “I saw a young male swinging a knife back and forth at both my sons (Dylan and Aaron Love, also of Norfolk).”

Mr. Love said he then went outside to confront the man and to make sure his sons were OK.

“I walked outside and confronted this man and he said he was going to stick us all with the knife he was waving at us. The knife blade was sticking out and this man was saying, ‘F*** off, I’ll stick you, get away from me,’” he recalled. “I told this man, ‘These are my sons, that’s not happening.’”

In his statement to police, Dylan Love said Belile was outside the bar when he and his brother went outside for a cigarette.

“I was outside the Delmar smoking a cigarette with my brother, Aaron Love when Joseph Belile was outside the Delmar standing against the wall,” he said. “Joseph already had a knife drawn and was waving it around saying he was going to stick my brother Aaron and I with the knife.”

Dylan Love’s statement also shed some light on a possible motive for the attack.

“Last week I made a police report where Joseph stole my Xbox 360,” he said. “Joseph told me he didn’t steal anything from me while waving around the knife.”

It was at that point when Dylan Love said his father came out of the bar.

“My father shoved Joseph away and Joseph just kept coming at us with the knife. My brother Aaron walked away and my father and I were trying to walk away from Joseph, but he kept waving the knife in our faces,” Dylan Love said.

Their attempts to alleviate the situation proved fruitless.

“My father and I would walk away and Joseph would walk toward us with the knife opened up,” Dylan Love said. “Joseph waved the knife at my father’s stomach, even touching his stomach at one point with the open knife.”

Eventually, Dylan Love said, the trio ended up in front of town hall. “We ended up in front of the town hall when the police showed up and took the knife from Joseph and arrested him,” he said.

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