TUPPER LAKE — A village resident was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on assault and burglary charges for allegedly trying to choke another man.
Charles Dukett, 42, of Sunset Avenue, Tupper Lake pleaded not guilty to the indictment, which charges him with second-degree burglary, a felony; and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and a single count of third-degree assault, all misdemeanors.
He was walking home March 5 after a night of drinking at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Tupper Lake when he reportedly saw his girlfriend’s car outside the home of Dennis Torres, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Dukett knocked on the door, but when he got no answer, he kicked the door in, the DA’s Office said, which led to the burglary charge.
Dukett allegedly confronted Torres, who was standing with a phone in his hand, which was knocked out when the two began to fight.
The two grappled and ended up on the kitchen floor, where Dukett tried to choke Torres until the man was able to break away and call 911 for help, the DA’s Office said.
Dukett was arraigned before County Court Judge Robert G. Main Jr. and taken to County Jail, where he is being held on $1,500 cash bail.
He is to reappear in court Thursday, July 25.
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