3 Ulster residents charged in robbery, stabbing

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Three Ulster County residents were arrested Wednesday after an upstate drug deal soured and the intended seller ended up robbed and stabbed, police said.

An unidentified 23-year-old man from the Greene County hamlet of Palenville met with the three on Pennsylvania Avenue in the hamlet about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, State Police senior investigator Scott Youngblood said.

An argument ensued, and Jason A. King, 31, of Modena; Alyssa Berinato, 19, of West Camp; and James M. Giuditta, 19, of Saugerties robbed the man of pills, Youngblood said, declining to specify what kind of pills. During the robbery, King stabbed the man in the stomach, chest, back and buttocks, Youngblood said.

Friends brought the man to Kingston Hospital for treatment of injuries that are not considered life-threatening, Youngblood said.

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After an investigation by State Police, Town of Saugerties police and the Greene County district attorney's office, King was found at a residence in Delmar, and Berinato and Giuditti were found at her home in West Camp, Youngblood said.

King was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery and second-degree assault, felonies; and misdemeanor fourth-degree weapons possession.

Berinato and Giuditta were charged with second-degree robbery.

Greene County District Attorney Terry Wilhelm will determine whether to file drug charges against the victim, Youngblood said.

The three suspects were arraigned Tuesday in front of Catskill Town Justice William Wootton and sent to the Greene County jail, King in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond, Berinato and Giuditta in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. An official at Catskill Town Court said no further information on their court dates or legal representation was immediately available Thursday.


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