Colonie officer charged in bar fight

Patrolman also gets suspension

February 22, 2013
Updated 10:32 p.m.
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Robert M. Willey
Robert M. Willey

— A patrolman with the Colonie Police Department has been charged with assault after allegedly knocking out another man’s teeth during a bar fight in Lake George last August.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert M. Willey this week following an investigation involving a brawl that occurred in King Neptune’s Bar in Lake George village.

Colonie Police Chief Steven Heider said Friday that Willey has been suspended for 30 days without pay, pending the resolution of the criminal charge against him. Willey has been a patrolman with the Colonie Police Department for more than two years and has an “excellent record,” Heider said.

“It’s a perfect example of alcohol-fueled Saturday night fights in bars,” he added. “We will let the Warren County people sort it out.”

The 39-year-old victim suffered the loss of three teeth in the fight. The subsequent investigation led to the identification of Willey as the individual responsible, the sheriff’s office said.

Willey was arraigned on a charge of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, in Lake George Town Court on Thursday and was released.

In September, Willey was credited as being among three Colonie police officers who helped save a suicidal man near Taft Furniture. A female relative told police he had doused himself with gasoline and planned to set himself on fire there.

He proceeded to do so when police arrived. One officer ran after him, tackled him to the ground and helped him roll over, diminishing the flames. Willey and a second officer, having retrieved their fire extinguishers, fully extinguished the flames, police said.

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February 22, 2013
7:39 p.m.
cracker says...

What is it with these cops these days? Several have been arrested for DWI lately. An officer from WNY was arrested for killing his son. A Plattsburgh state trooper arrested for 2 cases of rape. A local sheriff's deputy arrested for destroying property, and now a police officer arrested for assault. Do they realize they are not above the law. To make matters worse, once they are convicted of some of these less serious crimes, they manage to stay on the force.

February 23, 2013
11:34 a.m.
wmarincic says...

cracker, We don't know the whole story and police work a very stressful job. Again, you assume he is guilty, I assume he is innocent until proven guilty.

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