Police: Teen kneed cop in groin

SARANAC LAKE – A local teenager was arrested early Friday morning for kneeing a police officer in the groin during a Fourth of July house party that reportedly got out of control.

The 17-year-old male from Lake Placid was charged with second-degree attempted assault, a class E felony. His name was not released because police said he may be eligible for youthful offender status.

Village police said were called to assist Ray Brook-based state police at a large party on Lake Flower Avenue, near Turtle Pond, just after midnight on July 5.

Police Chief Bruce Nason said the teenager allegedly became combative as police were investigating the incident.

“There was a physical struggle with him, and he struck one of our officers,” Nason said. “He kneed him in the groin.”

The chief declined to name the officer, but said he didn’t suffer injuries that required medical treatment.

The teen was processed at the police station, arraigned in village court and released under the supervision of probation.

Nason said the defendant was charged with “attempted” assault because there wasn’t enough physical injury to the officer to rise to the level of second-degree assault.

State police said they’re continuing to investigate the party and said more arrests are pending.