Police: Man beaten in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN – City police said a Gloversville man was badly beaten over the weekend on North Perry Street in an incident that eventually involved more than 40 onlookers or people fighting.

One arrest was made and more may be forthcoming, police said.

Lt. David Gilbo said Ashlee D. Ralbovsky, 25, of 97 Lincoln St., Gloversville, was charged with a felony count of second-degree assault. Gilbo said she is accused of striking Christopher Parker, 37, of 36 Fourth Ave., with a bat.

Ralbovsky was arraigned in City Court and sent to the Fulton County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $25,000 bond.

Gilbo said Parker was attacked at about 1:35 a.m. Saturday on the sidewalk outside O’Connor’s Pub on North Perry Street. He said the disturbance spilled out into the street and then moved to the lot of the nearby Stewart’s shop on North Perry Street. At one point, he said, about 40 people were either spectators or involved in the fight.

“We believe multiple combatants exited O’Connor’s,” police Chief Mark Gifford said today.

Anthony Casale – an attorney for O’Connor’s – disputed the police account this morning.

“None of the participants that night were served in O’Connor’s,” he said. “None of the participants were patrons of O’Connor’s.”

Parker suffered face, head and back injuries. He initially was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital for treatment and later transferred to Albany Medical Center Hospital.

Gilbo said Parker may have been attacked with a baseball bat and/or an “edged weapon.”

Gilbo said an investigation into the assault was continuing today. Gilbo said detectives are talking to another “person of interest” in the case. He said police are trying to determine whether two or three other people were involved in Parker’s assault.

He said the incident started with two male combatants – Parker and another man.

“We believe it was a grudge between two people,” Gilbo said.

Police also issued a separate news release Monday indicating Ralbovsky was charged at 2 a.m. on Pleasant Avenue – after Parker was assaulted. She was stopped by police and charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a 0.08 percent or higher blood-alcohol content while the assault investigation was under way, police said.

The officers were investigating the assault scene when witnesses alleged Ralbovsky may have had the bat with her and took off in a vehicle, Gilbo said.

Ralbovsky was arraigned in City Court and sent to the Fulton County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $25,000 bond.

Gilbo said Parker was in stable condition late Saturday, but was unsure if he was still at the hospital today.