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Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York
Waterloo Village Justice attacked outside court

  FingerLakes1.com
  9/3/13 @ 1:52 pm
  Last Updated 9/3/13 @ 2:33 pm
 

Roger BartoWaterloo Village Judge Roger Barto was locking up the village court around 10:00 pm on Friday evening 10:15 pm on Saturday evening following an arraignment when he was attacked.

Fellow Village judge Dean Mattoon told multiple media outlets that Barto was hit in the head with a toilet tank lid that was lying outside due to renovation work in the building. Barto was also reportedly choked prior to being struck.

Barto is currently in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and was, at one point on Sunday, on a ventilator which has since been removed. He was originally taken to Geneva General Hospital before being moved to Strong.

Waterloo's Mayor Ted Young confirmed to area media outlets that a village justice suffered serious injuries after he was attacked outside of court.


The Waterloo Police Department is working with the New York State Police on the investigation. Mattoon says he believes the Seneca County District Attorney's Office is also involved. Mattoon says that to his knowledge there have been no arrests.

UPDATE - OFFICIAL RELEASE FROM WATERLOO PD @ 2:33 pm on 9/3/13:

The Waterloo Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred outside of the Village of Waterloo Court on West Main Street on August 31st, 2013 at about 10:15 pm. It was reported that the acting Village of Waterloo Justice Roger Barto was exiting the exterior court door, and while attempting to lock the door, he was approached from behind by an unknown suspect. The unknown suspect placed an object around the Judge's neck, then a struggle ensued. The Judge was then struck over the head with a tank lid from a toilet, which was outside of the court due to current renovations in the building.

The Judge was transported to Geneva General Hospital by Finger Lakes Ambulance, and subsequently transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Waterloo Police Department and New York State Police are investigating the incident, and anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Waterloo Police Department at (315)539-2022.


Waterloo Village Justice Roger W. Barto (photo via Facebook)


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