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Update: Arrest Warrant Issued After Syracuse Teen Attacked in Rochester

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(Update, Nov. 2) – According to a 13WHAM news report, police have confirmed that an arrest warrant has been issued to a judge in the case of the attack against autistic Syracuse teen Chase Coleman during a cross country track meet in Rochester on Oct. 14. 

Coleman, 15, had allegedly been pushed to the ground by 57-year-old Pittsford resident Martin MacDonald, during a confrontation in the middle of the street at Cobbs Hill Park.

Bystanders told police MacDonald stopped his car in the middle of the road, and told Coleman, a Corcoran High School student, to “Get out of here.”

According to the police report, MacDonald said he’d shoved Chase because “he thought Chase was going to mug his wife and take her purse” after “some youths had broken into his car recently.”

Chase’s mother, Clarise Coleman, had previously attempted to press harassment charges against MacDonald, following the incident; however, Rochester City Court Judge Caroline Morrison had denied the family’s request for an arrest warrant.

Rochester police have continued to investigate the incident, and officials said Tuesday that an arrest warrant has been filed with the Monroe County Clerk’s Office.

Once police serve the warrant, MacDonald will be held on either $500 bail, or $1,000 bond for the charge of harassment in the second degree, reports stated. 

The family has garnered waves of support from both the Syracuse and Rochester communities following the incident, and Chase’s family is also planning to organize an invitational run in Chase’s honor, in late November.

Chase’s family said he has since decided to stop running track, following the assault. 

(From Oc1. 31) – A Syracuse teen’s family has alleged charges of racism, after the autistic, African-American student was pushed to the ground by an adult white male, during a cross-country track meet at Cobbs Hill Park in Rochester recently.

According to Syracuse.com, witnesses said 57-year-old Martin MacDonald pushed 15-year-old Chase Coleman to the ground during a confrontation in the middle of the street at the park on Oct. 14.

Bystanders told police MacDonald stopped his car in the middle of the road, and told Coleman, a Corcoran High School student, to “Get out of here.”

However, Chase’s mother, Clarise Coleman, said he may have simply been confused about which way to go.

He would often get confused about which way to run, she stated.

Reportedly, Coleman has attempted to press harassment charges against MacDonald, following the incident; however, Rochester City Court Judge Caroline Morrison has denied the family’s request for an arrest warrant.

“If that man had been black and Chase had been white, and that (police) report went in, he’d have been in jail,” Coleman stated.

Neither Morrison nor MacDonald has responded to requests for comment regarding the matter; however, Syracuse City Councilwoman Susan Boyle has written to Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley on Coleman’s behalf, since the incident occurred.

Boyle said the incident was “a racist, aggressive, unprovoked attack on a disabled African American minor with absolutely no consequences.”

According to police, MacDonald shoved Chase because “he thought Chase was going to mug his wife and take her purse” after “some youths had broken into his car recently.”

MacDonald’s wife had been in the passenger seat of the vehicle at the time, police said.

Doorley issued a statement regarding the matter Monday, saying the DA’s office would get involved only if police determined an arrest was warranted.

“In the meantime, we ask for your patience and understanding in knowing that we are obligated, as are the police, to follow the processes and procedures established by the law,” she stated.

The Rochester Police Department has also issued a statement, saying police are “working in conjunction with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, and the family of the victim, to determine the next steps in this investigation.”

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