Fairport man accused of attacking veteran indicted on assault

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September 13, 2017 02:15 PM

Robert Sayer, the man accused of sucker punching an 82-year-old veteran, was indicted by the Monroe County grand jury on the charge of assault in the 2nd degree. He's also charged with petit larceny. 

Fairport Police say Sayer attacked Richard Bradt at the gas station at the corner of Main Street and Route 31F in Fairport. Police say it happened on August 16th. In court papers, it says Sayer punched Bradt in the head because he thought Bradt was going to "burn down houses" in Fairport and because he thought Bradt was a "communist." 

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Police say Sayer stole Bradt's gas can and that's why he's charged with petit larceny. Sayer was found by police in Power Mills Park in Perinton.

Four days before the attack, Sayer was captured on video marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, protesting the removal of the statue of Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee. The protests in Charlottesville turned violent and one person was killed when she was hit by a car that police say ran into a group of protesters. 

Sayer was arraigned on the grand jury indictment on September 7th. 

News10NBC is only learning about Sayer's indictment and arraignment on Wednesday because his name was mistakenly not included on the Monroe County District Attorney's Office grand jury rising document that was released in late August. 

The Monroe County District Attorney's office says Sayer is scheduled to be in court for a hearing on October 26th.


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