March 30, 2013

City man arrested on two felonies


---- — PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man is accused of threatening hospital workers and attempting to assault his girlfriend.

On the afternoon of March 14, Darrin Donaty, 47, was allegedly involved in a domestic incident with his girlfriend, said Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Scott Beebie.

She reported the events to City Police that day, stating that Donaty told her to leave the residence, and while she was collecting her belongings, he shoved her in the back with both his arms and yelled threats at her, he said.

A warrant was issued by Plattsburgh City Court for his arrest.

Then, the next day, while Donaty was receiving treatment at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, he became angry and made several threatening remarks to hospital staff, Beebie said.

Among other things, Donaty said something similar to: “I’m going to go and return with guns and kill all the staff,” Beebie said.

Donaty then left the hospital, he said.

After officers interviewed the hospital employees, an arrest warrant was requested from Plattsburgh City Court.

While police were waiting to receive the warrant, they received a call unrelated to the CVPH incident for police to check on Donaty’s welfare, Beebie said.


Twelve days later, on March 27, officers arrested Donaty at his home on Leonard Avenue shortly before 12:30 p.m.

He was charged with third-degree attempted assault with the intent to cause physical injury, a misdemeanor, and making a terrorist threat, a felony.

Donaty was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court on two warrants: one for the attempted assault and the other for the terrorist threat.

He was sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $3,500 cash or $7,000 bond for the terrorist-threat charge and $500 cash or $1,000 bond for the attempted assault charge.

He remained in County Jail Friday.

Donaty is due to appear before Judge Mark Rogers in City Court at 8:30 a.m. April 10.

In their subsequent investigation, police discovered Donaty was in possession of a Toyota RAV4 with Tennessee license plates that had been stolen from a Hertz rental car facility in Suffolk County, Beebie said.

The SUV was seized by City Police and was secured pending return to Hertz.

Additional charges were anticipated, Beebie said on Friday.

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