A Lakeville man is facing multiple felony charges following a pair of investigations by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office following separate investigations.
Mark A. Hathaway, 26, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony; third-degree identity theft, and petit larceny following an investigation into the theft of a wallet and credit cards. Hathaway was arrested Jan. 26, and a vehicle belonging to him was secured as evidence by the Sheriff’s Office.
Hathaway was released on the felony charges.
It is then alleged that on Feb. 4, Hathaway entered the fenced area of an impound yard in the town of Geneseo and gained access to the vehicle was it was being held as evidence, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office investigation was completed and deputies were attempting to locate Hathaway when he was involved in another incident, the Sheriff’s Office said.
On April 4, deputies were dispatched about 1:10 a.m. to an address on Maple Beach Road, Groveland, for a reported assault. Upon arrival, deputies met a female victim who alleged that she met with Hathaway in a vehicle for the purpose of purchasing illegal drugs. During the drug transaction the victim realized that Hathaway had sold her a substance that he had packaged and made to look like crack cocaine, but it was not. An argument ensued between the victim and Hathaway. It is alleged that Hathaway threatened the woman with a knife, the Sheriff’s Office said.
It is further alleged that Hathaway pushed the victim out of the vehicle and it began to drive away.
The victim sustained cuts and scrapes as a result of falling from the vehicle. She was treated by Livingston County EMS and refused transport to the hospital, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Hathaway was again arrested April 16 and, as a result of both investigations, charged with felony tampering with physical evidence, third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class C felony; third-degree assault, second-degree menacing, criminal trespass, petit larceny, second-degree reckless endangerment, and prohibited sale of an imitation controlled substance.
Hathaway was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention as the offenses for the April 4 incident did qualify for pre-arraignment detention under the state Justice Reform Act, though a justice may not set bail.
Hathaway was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Leicester Justice Henry Smith, who released Hathaway on his own recognizance.
Hathaway was issued an appearance ticket for the Feb. 4 incident as the offenses did not qualify for pre-arraignment detention or bail.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Hathaway at the court arraignment for his defense. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was notified but chose not to appear to represent the people.
Both incidents were investigated by members of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Patrol Division and Forensic Identification Unit.