MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Court will open the 2022 year with a trial for the man charged in connection with a 2020 kidnapping in the Village of Ripley.
A Chautauqua County Court Clerk tells WNY News Now that jury selection for Isiah Fuentes, 22, will begin on January 10. Fuentes faces a litany of charges, including two counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies say they 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 remains in Chautauqua County Jail while awaiting trial. District Attorney Jason Schmidt is prosecuting the case, while the Public Defender’s office is representing Fuentes.
According to the clerk, jury selection for six other trials are scheduled to occur after the Fuentes case.