Thursday, March 8, 2018



Man charged with stabbing New Paltz bar employee

NEW PALTZ – A High Falls man is in to the Ulster County Jail after he allegedly stabbed a bar employee in New Paltz after he refused to leave the establishment when told it had closed for the evening.

At about 4:23 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, a New Paltz Police officer on patrol in the village observed the argument and as he approached, he saw the assailant, Nicholas Mottsey, 26, pull a knife and stab the worker.

The officer ordered Mottsey to drop the weapon and deployed his taser when Mottsey refused to comply.  When Mottsey was taken to police headquarters, he identified himself as Nicholas Hansen and provided a different date of birth and address. After being booked, jail officers learned he gave them a fake name and date of birth.

Mottsey was charged with assault and identity theft, both as felonies, and a misdemeanor of criminal possession of a weapon. Bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

The victim was treated at the scene and an area hospital for a non-life-threatening wound.


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