ONEONTA, N.Y. – An Oneonta man is facing several charges for assaulting two police officers while attempting to escape police custody after being arresting for a domestic incident.
Police say 29-year-old Zachery M. Kaplan, of Oneonta, was arrested after officers Kristen LaPointe and Amanda Catapano responded to a domestic incident around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Kaplan was charged with criminal contempt, criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment.
After the officers arrived at the police station with Kaplan, he began to get aggressive while they were attempting to escort him from the station garage.
During the struggle, Kaplan was able to remove one of his hands from the handcuffs, grabbing LaPointe by the legs, knocking her to the ground. Catapano used a taser in an attempt to stop Kaplan before he turned his aggression toward her. Kaplan got up and threw a punch toward Catapano, which she was able to partially block and used that opportunity to tackle Kaplan to the ground. LaPointe then tased Kaplan a second time, allowing the officers to restrain him and put the handcuffs back on.
Kaplan was taken to AO Fox Hospital in Oneonta and treated for minor injuries and then hospitalized for an unrelated medical condition.
Catapano was also treated for a minor facial injury.
Kaplan was additionally charged with obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, second-degree assault and third-degree escape.
He was arraigned by the City of Oneonta Court and remanded to the custody of the sheriff.
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