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MASSENA - A Massena man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, leading to her hospitalization is behind bars after being charged with a variety of offenses including assault and menacing.

Village police charged Aaron K. Lavallee, 27, of 46 Brighton Ave., with second-degree assault, second-degree menacing, third-degree assault and third-degree criminal mischief on Sunday after being called to Massena Memorial Hospital due to a dispute between Mr. Lavallee and a doctor there.

“Aaron had left the hospital prior to my arrival,” Village Police Ptl. Cody Wilson said. “Once inside the hospital I began speaking with Kinsley (Roberts, Lavallee’s girlfriend).”

Ms. Roberts said the dispute began Sunday morning when they began fighting over money.

In her statement to police she said, “My boyfriend Aaron and I got into an argument over money he couldn’t find. Aaron started yelling at me, he was really p*****.”

The alleged dispute was just getting started though.

“Aaron grabbed my iPad that was sitting on the bed and threw it against the wall. My iPad case came open. Aaron walked over and stomped on my iPad, breaking the screen,” she said. “Aaron then came over, took my phone off the bed and threw it against the wall, causing a hole in the wall. My phone was not broken.”

At that point, according to Ms. Roberts, Lavallee grabbed a knife and the altercation became physical.

“At this time Aaron picked up a three inch pocket knife, color red, off of the bed. Aaron placed the blade of the knife against my stomach and said, ‘I could just kill you right now,’” she recalled. “Aaron started to jab me with the knife and I could feel a sharp pain where the knife was going into my stomach.”

At that moment, Ms. Roberts said she began to fear she was going to be stabbed.

“I am scared that Aaron is really going to stab me at this point,” she said. “Aaron then put the knife down and started to punch me in the right side of my face and head.”

Shortly after that, Ms. Roberts said her memory went blank.

“I do not know how many times he hit me, because he hit me so fast. I felt helpless like I could not stop him. I was in extreme pain in my head where he was punching me,” she said. “Aaron then picked the knife back up and put it against my stomach.”

That’s the last thing Ms. Roberts said she remembers.

“I don’t remember anything after this point,” she said. “The next thing I remember, I woke up in the hospital.”

In his deposition, Ptl. Wilson recalled seeing three scabs on her stomach, allegedly from where Lavallee had cut her during the dispute.

“I asked Kinsley if it hurt when he put the knife on her stomach, to which Kinsley replied, ‘Yes, he cut me with the knife. I have scabs from it.’ Kinsley then proceeded to lift her hospital shirt and show me the marks on her stomach,” he said.

Lavallee was arraigned before Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, where he remains on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

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