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Police: Attacker refused to leave apartment

May 22, 2014
By CHRIS KNIGHT ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Village police have released more information surrounding the recent assault of local man last.

Police Sgt. Chuck Dobson said Matthew F. Nardiello, 21, of Lake Placid, came to the Saranac Avenue apartment of 20-year-old Kian Cann uninvited in the early morning hours of May 10 and refused to leave. That led to a fight with Cann, who was punched and kicked in the head and suffered what police called a "severe" head injury.

Dobson said Nardiello also had a knife and menaced another person with it during the incident.

Cann spent two days in intensive care at Fletcher-Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont. He was released from the hospital May 15, the same day Nardiello was arrested.

Nardiello faces charges of second-degree attempted assault, a felony, and three misdemeanors: fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and second-degree criminal trespass.

Dobson didn't provide any more information about what may have prompted the alleged assault.

Dobson said village police took statements from other people who were in the apartment at the time of the alleged assault before arresting Nardiello. He said Cann was interviewed at the hospital by officers from the Burlington Police Department.

Asked why Nardiello was charged with attempted assault instead of assault, Dobson said the statutes for assault in New York have "very specific guidelines as to what the people need to prove in order to use that charge.

"That was the charge that best fit this case at this time," Dobson said.

After his arrest, Nardiello was released on his own recognizance pending a future appearance in village court.



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