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City Man Faces Host Of Assault Charges

Jesse Waite

A Jamestown man is facing a host of assault-related charges, including punching and choking a 9-year-old and pushing his fingers in the eye sockets of another, following an incident Monday night.

Officers were called at about 10:10 p.m. to 14 Cedar Ave. for a report of two men fighting.

An investigation found that 51-year-old Jesse R. Waite Jr., “while in an intoxicated state,” allegedly pinned a 9-year-old male before punching him in the face and choking him.

Waite was then reportedly confronted by an 18-year-old, who he then pinned and choked, Jamestown police said Tuesday in a press release.

“Jesse also pushed his fingers into his eye sockets and punched him in the face before the victim could get away,” JPD said.

The incident took place in front of a 5-year-old girl.

The victims suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Waite was taken into custody on charges of second-degree strangulation, criminal obstruction of breathing, two counts of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, two counts of third-degree assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The city man was transported to Jamestown City Jail and held for arraignment.

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