Akwesasne tribal police identify victim in last week's stabbing
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 5:02 pm

MASSENA -- Tribal Police have identified the victim in last week’s Raquette Point Road stabbing.

Demetri A. Lafrance, 22, was stabbed multiple times in the torso in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 27 at 237 Raquette Point Road. He was taken by ambulance to Massena Memorial Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Police said Tyson L. Gonyou, 26, of Hogansburg, showed up at a Halloween party at the Raquette Point residence uninvited and was asked to leave but refused. A fight broke out and Lafrance was stabbed, allegedly by Gonyou.

Gonyou was jailed on a felony count of second-degree assault. He was taken into custody on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and was arraigned in Bombay Town Court. He was sent to the Franklin County Jail, Malone, in lieu of $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond, pending a future court appearance.

The victim and the defendant knew each other; they both reside in Raquette Point, according to Tribal Police. The second degree assault charge was based on the extent of the physical injury to the victim. The district attorney felt the injuries did not rise to the level of serious physical injury and were not life threatening, the police said.

Gonyou could face up to seven years in state prison, if convicted.