MAYVILLE – Charges remain for a Ripley man in connection with a witness intimidation case.
Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt tells WNY News Now that Isiah Fuentes, 22, remains charged with third-degree witness intimidation and first-degree criminal contempt. Fuentes is accused of violating an order of protection by way of contacting a victim in a case electronically.
Fuentes also faces a nine count indictment in connection with a kidnapping case. (WNY News Now incorrectly reported that some of the charges were dismissed. We regret the error.)
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s 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 allegedly 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 allegedly entered the victim’s home unlawfully and held the victim against their will for several days.
During that time Fuentes also allegedly assaulted the victim numerous times, which included beating, burning, choking and cutting the victim.
Fuentes faces 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.
Jury selection in Fuentes’ trial is currently scheduled for Aug. 30. He remains in Chautauqua County Jail on $2.5 million cash or $5 million real property.