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Dutchess woman attacked with jack handle, cops say

A Dutchess County woman is facing assault charges after police say she beat a 39-year-old Staatsburg woman with a jack handle while three male accomplices vandalized the victim's home and cars.

Hyde Park police were called to a residence on East Elm Avenue in the Staatsburg hamlet in the town of Hyde Park at 10:17 p.m. July 14 to help the Northern Dutchess paramedics EMS unit with a medical emergency, the department said in a news release Tuesday.

Police arrived to find a woman with a large gash on top of her head and windows broken both in her home and in vehicles parked outside.

Hyde Park police Lt. Robert Benson said Tuesday that the suspects and witnesses were uncooperative, which slowed the investigation.

"That's what made it a lot harder," Benson said.

The victim was taken to Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers in Poughkeepsie, Benson said, and needed several staples to close the wound. She since has recovered, he said.

Benson said the alleged assailants knew the victim.

"This wasn't just a random assault," he said. "There had been a dispute earlier in the day that escalated."

Benson said the investigation is continuing and that police still are trying to establish a motive for the attack.

Amanda L. McArthur, 22, of Clinton Corners, was arrested Monday and charged with felony second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Benson said the victim's child was home at the time of the alleged assault and witnessed it.

Also, Edwin D. Lafumee, 26, of Hyde Park, was arrested Monday and charged with felony second-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child. Michael McArthur, 26, of Hyde Park, was arrested Aug. 5 and faces the same charges as Lafumee.

Benson said Amanda McArthur and Michael McArthur are related but was not sure how.

George L. Lasher, 38, of Staatsburg, also faces charges of criminal mischief and child endangerment as well as resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration, misdemeanors. Police said in the news release that Lasher fled when officers attempted to arrest him Thursday but turned himself in later that day.

All four suspects were arraigned in front of Hyde Park Town Justice John M. Kennedy and are to return to Hyde Park Town Court on Sept. 11, the court said Tuesday.

The court did not have information on the attorneys for Amanda McArthur, Michael McArthur or Lafumee. Lasher is being represented by the public defender's office. A call to Dutchess County Acting Public Defender Thomas Angell was not immediately returned Tuesday.

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