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May 19, 2014

Lake Placid man charged with felony assault

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Village Police say Matthew F. Nardiello punched and kicked another man in the head, causing him severe injury.

Nardiello, 21, was arrested at 8:10 p.m. Thursday, May 15, and arraigned in Lake Placid Village Court. The Lake Placid man was charged with second-degree attempted assault, a felony; fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor; and misdemeanor counts of second-degree menacing and second-degree criminal trespass.

The incident occurred May 9 at a residence on Saranac Avenue, police said, and the investigation ensued.

The alleged victim, Kian Cann, 20, was treated at Adirondack Medical Center then transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Police said in their report that Nardiello had a knife and allegedly menaced another individual with the weapon during the incident.


Cann’s family has maintained regular updates on his condition via social media.

And the same day that Nardiello was arrested, Cann’s mother, Heidi Little, a musician and recording artist based in Texas, posted via Facebook that her son was released and heading home from Fletcher Allen.

“Update ~ the future holds months of rehabilitation, unlike breaks in the body you cannot see the brain and skull. We are headed Home !! Thank you to everyone for the love and the light we could not have done this without you. … Thank you to the nurses and doctors at the Fletcher Allen Hospital ICU and Neurological unit thank you to the Ronald MacDonald house (in Burlington) and to Main Street Pizza and New Leaf Coffee House (in Lake Placid) for setting up donation drop off’s , thank you to the (alleged) attacker’s mother for the plane tickets (one way) and to Hanna my daughter,” Little posted Thursday afternoon.


Lake Placid Police Sergeant Chuck Dobson said Friday that his department received help from the Burlington Police Department to secure a statement as part of the investigation.

Police reports said Nardiello was released on his own recognizance and scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

Orders of protection were issued by the court.

Nardiello, a snowboard rider, has competed nationally.

His senior project at Lake Placid Central School in 2011 raised money for CHILL, an outreach program for at-risk youth that builds positive experience through snowboarding.

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