March 30, 2024

State Police investigate the assault of a Chemung County Sheriff’s Investigator

State Police investigate the assault of a Chemung County Sheriff’s Investigator
Press Release

On March 30, 2024, the driver of the vehicle, Fatiuna Massaline, age 24, of Ithaca, NY, was located in the city of Ithaca and arrested and charged with Assault on a Police Officer (C Felony) and Reckless Endangerment 1st (D Felony).  She was processed at SP Horseheads and arraigned in the Town of Big Flats Court, where she was remanded to the Chemung County Jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond pending future court proceedings.

The New York State Police were assisted by members of the Chemung County Sheriff's Office and the Ithaca Police Department.

On Friday, March 29, 2024, at approximately 6:49 p.m., the New York State Police, with assistance from Chemung County Sheriff's Office, were participating in a retail theft detail working with loss prevention at the Target store located on County Road 64 in the town of Big Flats.

Target loss prevention personnel observed a black male place a TV and other various items in a shopping cart and exit pass all points of sale. The suspect was challenged by loss prevention in the store's vestibule and left the items behind as he exited. A 2016 black Chevy Impala pulled up to the front of the store. Law enforcement attempted to block the vehicle to prevent it and other occupants from leaving the scene. This was ineffective, as the suspect vehicle was able to evade law enforcement and began moving towards the suspect to pick him up in the rear of the parking lot. An Investigator from the New York State Police and Investigator Theetge from the Chemung County Sheriff's Office chased the suspect on foot as he began to run toward the black Impala. The suspect slid across the hood of the Impala. Investigator Theetge reached to grab him and also slid onto the hood. The Impala accelerated and turned sharply, causing the suspect and Investigator Theetge to be ejected from the hood. The suspect got up and ran. Investigator Theetge sustained a severe head injury at this time. The suspect was then taken into custody. The State Police investigator suffered a minor leg injury during the incident. He was treated at Guthrie Corning Hospital and released. The Chevy Impala then fled the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

The Chemung County Investigator suffered a severe head injury and was initially transported by ambulance to Guthrie Corning Hospital and then flown to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. He is in critical condition at this time.

The suspect that was apprehended is identified as Dominick J. Haley, age 24, of Ithaca, NY. Haley was arrested and transported to SP Horseheads for processing. Haley was charged with Assault on a Police Officer (C Violent Felony), Assault 2nd (D Felony), Petit Larceny, and Resisting Arrest, both class A Misdemeanors. Haley was taken to the Town of Big Flats Court and arraigned in front of Town Justice Paul Hart, where he was remanded in lieu of $100,000 cash and $200,000 bond to Chemung County Jail.

The black Chevy Impala was abandoned in the immediate area of the Target Store. The driver has been identified as Fatiuna A. Massaline, age 24. She was last known to reside in the Ithaca, NY, area. We are seeking the public's assistance in locating Ms. Massaline.


Anyone with information is asked to contact the New York State Police at 585-398-4100.

This is an active investigation