Greenville man charged in Catskill attack

File photo Catskill Inn on Route 9W, where police say a man was assaulted on Saturday night.

CATSKILL — A Greenville man is being held in the Greene County Jail following an alleged attack at a motel in Catskill, where the victim ended up being taken to the hospital, said Steven Nevel, public information officer for state police Troop F.

The incident occurred Saturday at the Catskill Inn at 7848 Route 9W.

Christopher Stanton, 40, was arrested a short time later, Nevel said.

At about 10:30 p.m., state police responded to the Catskill Inn after receiving reports that a man had been assaulted and weapons were involved, Nevel said.

When troopers arrived, they spoke with the victim, who said three men entered his room and began punching him and shooting him with a BB gun. The victim also said the assailants fled the area in different directions.

One of the suspects left the scene in a black Ford pick-up truck, Nevel said.

The injured man was taken to Columbia Memorial Health by Catskill Ambulance, Nevel said.

As police were searching for the suspects, troopers noticed a vehicle that fit the description the victim gave them entering the Cumberland Farms gas station on Main Street in Cairo, Nevel said.

The vehicle, a 2004 Ford Ranger, was being driven by Stanton, Nevel said.

As troopers questioned him, Stanton was found to be in possession of crack cocaine and a metal knuckle knife. He was subsequently arrested, Nevel said.

Stanton was charged with burglary of a dwelling, causing injury, a class B felony, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both class D felonies. He was also charged with manufacturing drug related paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

Stanton was arraigned in Town of Cairo Court and sent to the Greene County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in Town of Catskill Court on Thursday, Nevel said.

Police did not release any information on the other two men who were reported to have been involved in the attack.

The investigation is ongoing, Nevel said.

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