Ripley Man Indicted On Kidnapping, Felony Assault Charges

RIPLEY — A Ripley man has been indicted by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury Friday in connection with a July kidnapping, in which he allegedly brutalized his victim for several days

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said Isiah Fuentes, 21, was indicted on two counts of felony first-degree kidnapping, felony first-degree assault, two counts of felony second-degree assault, felony second-degree strangulation, two counts of felony first-degree coercion, and one count of second-degree  menacing.

Fuentes was arraigned and will continue to be held at the Chautauqua County jail on $100,000.00 cash/$200,000.00 property bond. The victim was released from the hospital and is still recovering.

Deputies report that the incident occurred July 31, in Ripley. Deputies responded 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 Fuentes.

Deputies said 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.


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