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Canastota man accused of attacking police officer appears in court

Posted 11/30/22

The Madison County man accused of attacking and injuring a Canastota Village police officer denied the charges against him in Madison County Court on Tuesday, according to court officials.

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Canastota man accused of attacking police officer appears in court

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CANASTOTA — The Madison County man accused of attacking and injuring a Canastota Village police officer denied the charges against him in Madison County Court on Tuesday, according to court officials.

Richard Branch Jr., 25, of Canastota, pleaded not guilty before Judge Patrick J. O'Sullivan to two counts of first-degree robbery and one count each of assault on a police officer, attempted second-degree assault, third-degree possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing. His case was adjourned for motions to Feb. 8.

Authorities said Officer William Preuss was dispatched to the parking lot of Liberty Resources on North Main Street at 2:12 p.m. Sept. 7 for reports of a suspicious person. The officer approached the man — Branch — and authorities said Branch attacked Preuss without provocation. 

Branch repeatedly punched the officer in the face and head, causing injury, authorities said. The officer was able to call for back-up and a deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and subdued Branch with a stun gun. Officer Preuss suffered a serious eye injury was underwent surgery at a local hospital.

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