Police: Man hit in head with rock

GLOVERSVILLE – A man hit another man in the head with a rock on the Rail Trail on Thursday, city police said.

Joshua Coadney, 36, of 11 Carpenter St., was arrested by city police and charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and second-degree menacing.

Coadney is accused of hitting a 49-year-old man in the back of the head with a rock on the Rail Trail near South Main and Broad streets.

City police Detective Michael Jory said police were investigating a report of a stabbing around 7:45 p.m. on the section of the trail. Police said the original report was a male had been stabbed in the head. Authorities were given a description of the suspect at the scene and he was seen in the parking lot of Country Farms. Because the assault was reported as a stabbing, officers took the suspect into custody at gunpoint.

Police said the victim stated he was lured outside and onto the Rail Trail by Coadney.

Once there, police said, Coadney accused him of assaulting a female, then grabbed a rock and struck the victim. He then pulled out a knife and threatened the victim with it, police said.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said the victim suffered a laceration to the back of the head that required staples.

The incident was called in to police by the victim’s girlfriend.

Authorities said the victim walked away and went to a nearby residence for help. After an interview, the victim was transported to the hospital for treatment and was later released.

Police said Coadney and a witness to the assault were taken to the station for interviews.

Coadney later admitted he struck the victim in the head, claiming the victim had been physically abusive to a female, authorities said.

Police said no report of such abuse had been reported to the department.

“[The victim and Coadney] have been known acquaintances for years,” VanDeusen said this morning.

Coadney was arraigned in City Court by Judge Traci DiMezza and sent to the Fulton County Jail on $30,000 cash bail.

According to previous reports in The Leader-Herald, Coadney was arrested in May 2011 for menacing and reckless endangerment after two people said he struck them with a hammer. He was also arrested in July 2012 in a fight in the Cayadutta Creek.

Anyone with information regarding the latest incident can contact Jory at 773-4569.