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Coeymans man charged with assault at Stewart’s Shop


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Richard VanAlstyne

NEW SCOTLAND — A Coeymans man has been charged with assault stemming from an incident at a Stewart’s Shop in New Scotland, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said.

Richard VanAlstyne turned himself in to the Albany County Sheriff’s Patrol Station on May 2, where he was arrested.

Sheriff’s deputies responded April 15 at around 9 p.m. to a report of a fight at the Stewart’s Shop on Feura Bush Road.

When law enforcement arrived on the scene, witnesses said the two parties involved in the alleged altercation had left the store.

“On April 18, 2022, the victim reported to deputies that a male suspect, Richard P. VanAlstyne, approached him while he was pumping gas at the Stewart’s Shop and started striking the victim in the face with closed fists, resulting in him falling to the ground,” according to a statement from Apple’s office. “At this time, the suspect kicked and stomped on the victim’s ribs, causing injury.”

The individual, whose name has not been released, told deputies he was treated by EMS about an hour after the incident and was taken to Albany Medical Center for fractured ribs and contusions to his face.

The store provided the sheriff’s office with video surveillance that allegedly confirmed the altercation, according to Apple.

The sheriff did not indicate what led to the alleged fight.

VanAlstyne turned himself in to the patrol station May 2. He has been charged with one count of third-degree assault, a class A misdemeanor.

He was issued an appearance ticket and released. VanAlstyne is scheduled to appear in New Scotland Town Court on May 12.

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