Police say: Old man assaulted after not relinquishing his bike

BETHLEHEM — A Delmar man was arrested on Friday after, police say, he pushed to the ground a 74-year-old man who wouldn’t relinquish his bicycle.

Keaton G. Lauricella,  23, was charged with felony counts of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault.

On the morning of Aug. 22, Lauricella had a verbal exchange with the victim, also a Delmar resident, at the rear of Delaware Plaza and threatened to steal his bike, according to a release from the Bethlehem Police; the man refused to give up his bicycle and Lauricella pushed him to the ground.

The septuagenarian continued on his way to Delaware Plaza and, as he was walking through the plaza, he encountered Lauricella a second time. This time, police say, Lauricella pushed the cyclist to the ground and stole his water bottle.

“During this second encounter, the victim was seriously injured from being pushed to the ground and had to be transported to the hospital for treatment,” the release said.

Lauricella was arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court and remanded to Albany County’s jail in lieu of $1,000 cash / $8,000 bond. A return date was set for Sept. 21.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

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