April 13, 2013

Police: One night's crimes bring 4 felonies


---- — PLATTSBURGH — A Morrisonville man faces numerous charges for events that allegedly happened over the course of one night.

Erik W. Robinson, 44, was served with arrest warrants Wednesday while he was in Essex County Jail without bail, said New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator Rebecca Finn.


The original complaint was received on March 16 after Robinson allegedly menaced a bartender at a tavern in the Town of Chesterfield at about 2:30 a.m., Finn said.

After that, Robinson was driving on State Route 22 near Salmon River Road when his vehicle went off the road into a ditch, she said.

Robinson tried to get the car out of the ditch and, when he was unsuccessful, he abandoned it, Finn said.

He was found by a trooper near the accident site with a blood-alcohol content of about 0.18 percent, she said.

He was arrested at about 3 a.m., charged with felony driving while intoxicated and felony first-degree menacing. He was arraigned in Chesterfield Town Court that morning.


Police later learned that at about 9:30 p.m. on March 15, Robinson allegedly forcibly stole a vehicle from a woman on River Street in the Town of Schuyler Falls.

He also assaulted her, Finn said. The woman did not require transport to a hospital.

About a half-hour before the alleged car theft, Robinson menaced a person with a knife in a tattoo parlor in the Town of Plattsburgh and damaged some furniture there, Finn said.


Robinson has since been charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree menacing and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon (the knife), all felonies.

He was also charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, misdemeanors.

In addition, he faces six traffic infractions: failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of an address change, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, moving from a lane unsafely, crossing road-hazard markings, speeding and refusal to take a breath test.

Robinson was still incarcerated Thursday in Essex County Jail. His bail has been set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond, according to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

Chesterfield Town Court could not be reached Thursday for the status of Robinson’s case.

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