Area Man To Stand Trial For Kidnapping In Chautauqua County Court Next Month

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MAYVILLE – An area man indicted in a July 2020 kidnapping will stand trial in Chautauqua County Court next month.

A court clerk tells WNY News Now that the case for 21-year-old Isiah Fuentes, of Ripley, is currently on the August 30 felony trial calendar. Fuentes is charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree attempted assault and second-degree assault.

Deputies from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office report that they responded to a check of the well-being of a subject who was reported to have been injured during an altercation on July 31 in Ripley. According to deputies, Fuentes allegedly held the victim against their will in their home for several days.

During that time, authorities accuse Fuentes of assaulting the victim.

Fuentes was arrested as a result of the alleged incident.  He was originally indicted in September 2020 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.

Some of those charges, however, were dismissed prior to trial.

Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt will be prosecuting the case, while Assistant Public Defender James Williams is listed as Fuentes’ lawyer.

Meanwhile, Chautauqua County Court will host only one felony criminal trial this month, Jury selection in the Tavion Turner murder trial will begin Monday morning in front of Judge David W. Foley.

Turner is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the 2017 death of Dyllan Ownbey. He is being represented by attorney Avery Olson, while the Erie County District Attorney’s Office will handle the prosecution.


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