Kingston cops: Dad, 2 sons harassed man

Robert Rotella, 28, his father Amasa Rotella, 51,

Robert Rotella, 28, his father Amasa Rotella, 51, and brother Leon Rotella, 26. (Credit: Kingston City Police Department)

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A Kingston man and two of his sons were arrested Saturday morning after threatening another man with a knife, the Kingston Police Department said.

The victim told police he was in the area of the Stuyvesent Charter Apartments, a senior housing complex in Kingston, when he was approached by 51-year-old Amasa Rotella and his two sons -- Robert Rotella, 28, and Leon Rotella, 26.

The Rotellas surrounded the victim, and the elder Rotella pulled a knife while Robert Rotella punched the victim in the face, according to cops.

Rotella and his sons "prevented (the victim) from leaving for a short period of time," police said, before letting him go. Kingston police said the victim was familiar with Rotella and his sons, but they did not know why the Rotellas allegedly threatened the victim or what sparked the disagreement.

All three men were charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, a misdemeanor. Amasa Rotella was also charged with misdemeanor second-degree menacing, and Robert Rotella was ticketed for harassment, a violation.

Amasa and Robert Rotella were sent to Ulster County Jail. Leon Rotella was released. All three are due back in court on Sept. 21.

Amasa Rotella gave police an address of 97 Sheehan Ct., Kingston. Robert and Leon Rotella gave their address as 244 Foxhall Ave. in Kingston.

Leon Rotella could not be reached Saturday. The suspects did not have attorneys listed in court records.

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