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Schenectady man threw hot oil or grease on roommate, authorities say: Roommate taken to Westchester Burn Unit

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SCHENECTADY – A city man threw hot grease or oil on his roommate, causing burns that sent the roommate to Westchester Medical Center’s burn unit for treatment, authorities said.

Raymond LaFleur, 22, of Van Vranken Avenue, was charged last Thursday with one count of first-degree assault, a felony.

He is accused of throwing a pan of hot oil or grease onto the victim at about 4 p.m. May 28, causing severe burns, according to police allegations filed in court.

The victim, 26, was initially taken to Ellis Hospital for treatment, but then taken on to Westchester Medical Center.

Prosecutor Eamonn Neary described the man’s injuries as burns to largely suffered on his upper back, neck and arm areas. Neary did not have an update on the man’s condition Thursday.

Neary described LaFleur and the victim as roommates.

Police based the charge on the investigation, as well as a sworn written affidavit from the victim and statements made by LaFleur, according to the police allegations.

The incident is alleged to have happened after a prolonged dispute between the two over money, Neary said. Investigators had some information about fighting between the two over the issue in the days leading up to the incident, Neary said.

LaFleur is accused of throwing the grease or oil from an upstairs area where he was cooking, throwing it down onto the victim, Neary said.

The first-degree assault charge accuses LaFleur of intending to seriously or permanently disfigure the victim. If convicted of the charge, he would face up to 25 years in state prison.

LaFleur was arraigned and ordered held on $30,000 bond, a bond he has since posted, officials said.

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