A Fairport man has been charged with assaulting several people with a baseball bat on the campus of St. John Fisher College after crashing his car.
After attempting to rob two women in Macedon, a Fairport man was charged the same night with assaulting several people with a baseball bat on the campus of St. John Fisher College.
Michael G. Mahoney, 26, of Manorshire Drive in Fairport was charged in connection with both incidents last week.
Police say it began at Flaherty’s Restaurant in Macedon on Tuesday, June 18, where Mahoney tried to rob two women of their cell phones and purses.
When Macedon police arrived on scene, Mahoney drove west on Route 31, leading police on a high speed chase, as Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies were called in for backup.
Mahoney then crashed his car and fled on foot to the Fisher campus, attempting to steal a female maintenance worker’s vehicle, according to Sheriff’s spokesman John Helfer.
When another male employee saw Mahoney try to steal from the woman, he attempted to intervene using a baseball bat.
At that point, Mahoney seized the bat and began to beat both workers. Police say a third male employee was also assaulted when he tried to intervene.
Sheriff's K-9 arrived to the scene and deputies located the Mahoney shortly after. After a brief struggle with police, he was arrested and transported to Strong Memorial Hospital.
He was was arraigned by Judge Douglas Randall on charges that include two counts of assault in the second degree the following day. He was scheduled to appear before a judge on June 24.
Macedon Police Chief John Collella praised the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies involved.
"From the time the incident began here, we were in constant communication between both 911 centers. It was excellent work, excellent work and response by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and Brighton, Fisher security and the NYSP. We had that area flooded. We had a perimeter set up and Monroe County did an awesome job,” he said.
Police released dash cam video that shows the chase as it happened. Macedon's police chief say his officers chased Mahoney from Flaherty's up to Turk Hill Road in Perinton, with Mahoney passing other cars on the left and right sides of the road.
Fisher released a statement last week in response to the violence on campus.
“Because the incident occurred in the middle of the night, students are not on campus, there were very few staff members on campus, and again, the campus was secured swiftly, we chose not to send out a campus-wide alert,” the statement read.
—Includes reporting by WHEC