A Long Island man has been released on bail after he was arrested for assaulting the mayor of Saddle Rock Village.
Police said Sasha Marsi, 32, became involved in an argument with Mayor Dan Levy inside the Saddle Rock Village Hall on Wednesday. The argument escalated and Marsi allegedly punched the 57-year-old mayor while holding a set of keys, causing a cut to his forehead. Marsi then body-slammed Levy onto a bench, fracturing his left shoulder, police said.
Newsday reports that Marsi, who fled the scene, was a former candidate for village trustee. He surrendered to police Thursday and was found to have a tablet of the narcotic Suboxone. He was arrested and charged with assault, possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of a controlled substance.
An order of protection has been issued prohibiting Masri from having any contact with Levy, who needed 14 stitches to close his head injury and had his shoulder fractured in three places during the attack, prosecutors said
Asked about the incident, Masri told Newsday he was injured and offered: "He [Levy] knows what happened. He'll give you an explanation."
Masri's attorney Meir Moza told Newsday his client was protecting himself after the argument between the two men escalated.