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Man charged in March assault

May 17, 2013
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - A city man was arrested Thursday in connection with the assault of Nathan Brooker in March near the Country Farms convenience store.

Angel Alexis Cartagena, 23, of 11 Fox St., was charged with third-degree assault and second degree reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors.

On March 9 at about 4:30 p.m., officers responded in the area of 198 S. Main St., near Country Farms, where a man was found unresponsive on the ground in the parking lot, police said.

Police said the man was airlifted to Albany Medical Center Hospital for treatment.

Police determined the victim had been in an altercation with Cartagena. After interviewing several witnesses and examining video surveillance from the store, police determined Cartagena struck Brooker in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head on the pavement, rendering him unconscious.

The victim spent an extended period hospitalized. He has since been released and is recovering, police said.

Police said once the investigation was completed, a warrant was issued for Cartagena, who turned himself in to the police once he learned of the warrant.

He was released on an appearance ticket to appear in City Court at a later date.

Family members previously said Brooker was jumped by four people who smashed his head into the curb. ?They claimed the fight was over a previous debt.

Capt. John Sira confirmed the assault was related to a $100 debt that had developed over three years, although he said at this time, only Cartagena would be charged in the assault.

"We are just going to stick with Cartagena," Sira said. "We are still awaiting the enhancement of the video, but unless there is some dramatic change or revelation in the enhancement, that is the way we are going to go."



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