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Ripley man charged in felony kidnapping and assault

Isiah Fuentes

MAYVILLE — A Ripley man was arraigned on numerous charges in Chautauqua County Court after being indicted by a grand jury in regard to an assault and kidnapping at the end of July.

Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies responded to Ripley residence around 10:30 a.m. July 31 to check the well-being of a subject who was reported to have been injured during an altercation. When deputies arrived they were unable to make contact with the victim.

Sheriff’s Office investigators were contacted and a search warrant was completed for the victim’s residence. Upon serving the search warrant, deputies and investigators located the victim inside the residence.

Also in the residence was Isiah Fuentes, 21. The victim had numerous significant injuries and it was learned at the scene that Fuentes had assaulted the victim.

Fuentes was taken into custody and based on the information at that time, was charged with felony assault. Fuentes was transported to the jail for arraignment and held on bail. The victim was transported to the hospital to be treated for the injuries.

As the investigation into the incident continued, it was learned that the suspect had unlawfully entered the victim’s home and held the victim against their will for several days. During that time Fuentes also assaulted the victim numerous times, which included beating, burning, choking and cutting the victim. The District Attorney’s Office presented this case to a grand jury and Fuentes was indicted on two counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree attempted assault, two counts of second-degree assault, second-degree strangulation, two counts of first-degree coercion, all felonies; and one count of second-degree menacing.

Fuentes will continue to be held at the Chautauqua County jail on $100,000 cash or $200,000 property bond. The victim was released from the hospital and is still recovering.

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