Massena man charged with July 4 domestic violence incident that allegedly spanned three towns
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:28 pm

State police say a Massena man is facing five counts after being charged with a July 4 domestic violence incident that began at the Norwood Field Day and ended in Canton.

Troopers say they charged Todd J. Beamis, 42, with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, all misdemeanors, and a traffic citation for unlawful operation.

On July 6 around 10:45 a.m., the victim reported that on July 4 at about 5 p.m., she was at the Norwood Field Day on Morgan Street in the village of Norwood with Beamis.

According to troopers, the pair left the field day with Beamis operating his vehicle in violation of a revoked license. Beamis grabbed the back of her head and slammed her head into the dashboard of the vehicle while driving through the village of Norwood, according to troopers. He then drove to the town of Potsdam where he stopped the vehicle and dragged the victim out of the vehicle and assaulted her again, troopers said. Eventually, the two ended up at a residence in Canton where the victim was choked, assaulted, and held against her will in the bathroom of the residence, troopers said.

Police say the altercations caused injuries and damage to the victim’s cell phone. The victim declined any medical attention, however she had sustained several apparent bruises all over her body, according to troopers.

Beamis was charged Wednesday after turning himself in to Canton-based state police. He was arraigned in the Town of Potsdam Court where he was released on his own recognizance to return to the Town of Canton Court and the Town of Potsdam Court at later dates and times, troopers said.