Police: Sunmount resident kicked, spit at trooper

A Sunmount resident is facing felony and misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly kicking a state trooper at the state-run institution for the developmentally disabled in Tupper Lake.

Tupper Lake-based state police charged Matthew J. Larkin, 26, of Tupper Lake, with second-degree assault, a felony, two counts of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and one count of resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday.

State police Troop B Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman said a trooper went to Sunmount that morning to take a report from Larkin, who had alleged he was harassed by a staff member.

During the interview, Larkin allegedly became agitated and verbally hostile with Sunmount staff and tried to leave the building.

“When the staff members and our trooper tried to redirect him to stay in the building and prevent him from leaving, he became combative physically toward the staff and toward the trooper, and in turn he kicked and spit on the trooper and the staff members,” Fleishman said.

The trooper suffered some bruising but wasn’t seriously injured, Fleishman said.

Larkin was arraigned in town of Tupper Lake court, remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. Jail staff said he was released back to Sunmount’s care on Wednesday morning.

Larkin had been scheduled to appear in town court Wednesday night, but the Enterprise wasn’t able to determine what happened during those proceedings as of press time.

Fleishman said police are still investigating Larkin’s complaint that he was harassed.

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