Oneonta Man Charged With Assault
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – A man arrested during a domestic dispute then slipped his handcuffs and attacked two female police officers inside the Oneonta Police Station, Police Chief Doug Brenner reported today.
Zachary M. Kaplan, 29, was arrested by Officers Kristen LaPointe and Amanda Catapano following a call that he was violating an order of protection, said Brenner. “He gave them no problems at the scene, put his hands behind his back and got in the patrol car,” the chief said.
Then, according to Brenner:
• When they reached the police station, Kaplan refused to get out of the cruiser and when the officers were able to get him out, he continued to resist arrest.
• At some point, the suspect managed to get one hand free of the cuffs and pulled LaPointe to the ground.
• Catapano attempted to use her taser to stun him, but was unable to get a good hold, and Kaplan punched Catapano in the face.
• LaPointe then tased Kaplan and the two officers got the suspect under control.
Both Catapano and Kaplan were transported to Fox Hospital; she was released with minor swelling to her face, he was kept at the hospital for additional treatment after pre-existing conditions were discovered.
Kaplan was charged with the felonies of escape and assault in the second degree, as well as the misdemeanors of resisting arrest and obstruction of government administration.
Additionally, he was charged with criminal contempt, first degree, criminal contempt, second degree, harassment, criminal mischief, obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child.
On July 4, 2018, Kaplan allegedly attacked Chief Brenner in Neahwa Park after Brenner attempted to assist him after seeing that Kaplan injured himself while intoxicated.