Updated: May 06, 2021 06:09 PM
Created: May 06, 2021 03:04 PM
News10NBC updated this story to correct Christopher Pate's age from 34 to 43. A Rochester Police Department press release incorrectly listed his age as 34.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Christopher Pate, a Rochester man who was assaulted by a police officer during an arrest in 2018, is facing new charges after police say a woman died from injuries she sustained during an assault and robbery.
The incident happened on April 7, 2021, at a hotel on Mt. Read Boulevard.
Police say 51-year-old Alicia Saladyga was assaulted and robbed in her hotel room. At the time, she was hospitalized, but her condition worsened and she succumbed to her injuries on April 22.
Police say Patrol Sections Investigations identified 43-year-old Christopher Pate and 44-year-old Jennifer Shea as suspects, and after Saladyga’s death, the Major Crimes Unit joined the investigation.
Pate and Shea were taken into custody without incident on Thursday, according to police.
They were both charged with second-degree assault, second-degree robbery, and first-degree burglary.
Police say if the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office rules Saladyga’s death a criminal homicide, additional charges may be presented to a grand jury.
Police say that Shea and Pate were both out of custody on an assault arrest stemming from an incident that happened on Oct. 4, 2020, when police say they assaulted a man using a razor blade and hammer.
After that arrest, police say Pate was released on no bail and Shea later on a $5,000 bond.
Pate and Shea are scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.
Pate is currently suing the City of Rochester, Rochester Police Department, the former officer convicted of assaulting him, Michael Sippel, and other members of the department.
Sippel was convicted of misdemeanor assault and is serving a sentence of three years probation for hitting Pate in the face during the incident, causing a facial fracture.
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