Beacon Man Charged After Melee (Updated)

Allegedly involved in Poughkeepsie assault

Beacon man was arrested and charged with assault following a melee in Poughkeepsie on Sunday (Aug. 20).

Rakim Paulin, 43, was charged with first-degree attempted assault and first-degree assault, City of Poughkeepsie police said in a statement. Jeremy Taylor, 40, of Poughkeepsie was also charged with first-degree assault. Both men were being held pending their arraignments.

Police said that at about 3 p.m. on Sunday, two vehicles in Poughkeepsie were reported driving the wrong way down a one-way street. One vehicle struck at least two people and another vehicle. A person who was hit by a vehicle, stabbed and struck with a bat was taken to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital and was in critical condition, the police said. Another person struck by a vehicle was treated and released.

Rakim Paulin

Rakim Paulin

Videos apparently taken by witnesses and broadcast by News 12 Westchester showed a man waving a rifle in the middle of the street and two men punching and kicking other men who were on the ground. One attacker also hit the men with a baseball bat.

Poughkeepsie police told News 12 that a man with the rifle was a good Samaritan who saw the attack and attempted to stop it. Police said he held the suspects on the scene until officers arrived.

Paulin pleaded not guilty at an appearance in Poughkeepsie City Court on Aug. 21 and was jailed without bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 11.

Taylor pleaded not guilty and was jailed without bail. Police on Aug. 22 arrested a third suspect, Misael Nieves-Pavon, who pleaded not guilty to one count of assault and was remanded without bail.

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