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Bethlehem man arrested for gang assault

— A Bethlehem man was arrested in connection with a gang assault that left an Albany man with sever head injuries, according to police.

Nasir Stratton, 21, of 42 Meadowbrook Drive was charged with gang assault in the 2nd degree after being identified as one of the men who attacked Havie Everett outside of 148 Clinton Street in Albany on the afternoon of Sunday, March 11.

Albany police said according to witnesses, Stratton and three other men were sitting on the front steps of the victim’s brother’s apartment on Clinton Street allegedly selling drugs. The victim and his brother told the men to get off the steps or they were going to call police. Police said Everett’s brother then went inside his apartment to get his phone while Everette stayed outside.

Witnesses told police Everett and Stratton started to argue and it escalated into a fight and the other suspects soon joined in and attacked Everett. Police said the men repeatedly punched and kicked Everett in the head while he was on the ground.

Police said a witness to the assault called police and when officers arrived the suspects all had fled the scene. Everett was found lying in the middle of the street, police said. Emergency medical personnel treated Everett at the scene and he was transported to Albany Medical Center. Doctors determined he sustained two broken eye sockets, multiple skull fractures, a broken jaw and bleeding on the brain.

Everett is currently in serious condition and under sedation, said police. His injuries are not considered life threatening at this time.

Albany police are still trying to identify the other suspects involved in the assault. Anyone with information should call 438-4000

Stratton was arraigned this morning in Albany City Court and remanded to Albany County Jail.

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