COOPERSTOWN – A South Carolina man was charged with assaulting a woman after allegedly yelling racial slurs at her during a confrontation in a Cooperstown restaurant, Cooperstown Police Chief Michael Covert reports.
Lawrence Andrew Mileo, 50, was arrested the Monday after Induction Weekend after a complaint of a physical dispute was made at a local restaurant.
According to police, Mileo allegedly called a 33-year-old African American woman, also from out of state, numerous derogatory names related to her race, then intentionally punched her in the face.
The Cooperstown Emergency Squad responded to the scene and provided medical care for the victim.
Mileo was arrested for assault in the third degree as a bias crime, a class E felony. He was arraigned by Town of Otsego Judge Gary M. Kuch and posted $2,500 bail at the Court. He is scheduled to return to the Otsego Town Court on Aug. 17, and a temporary order of protection was issued for the victim.
If convicted of the charge, Mileo faces up to seven years in the state prison. Assistant District Attorney William C Green is prosecuting the criminal case.
Mileo is the second tourist to cause problems this season. Earlier this month, an Ohio man was charged with harassment after yelling slurs and assaulting a gay couple.