Police investigate assault at home of controversial Valatie gym owner

WNYT Staff
Updated: July 09, 2020 06:52 AM
Created: July 09, 2020 06:49 AM

VALATIE -- An investigation is underway after an assault at the home of ClubLife gym owner Alex Rosenstrach.

Rosenstrach has kept his gym open during the coronavirus pandemic, despite state and local restrictions.


Both the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police are investigating. The sheriff said that is because one of his employees is part of the investigation.

On Tuesday night, NewsChannel 13 crews saw several police cruisers outside Rosenstrach's home in Kinderhook.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office tells NewsChannel 13 that their department and state police were there executing a search warrant after an assault was reported at the property early Sunday morning.

Officials said a man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

While officials are not releasing any names of a possible suspect, a source familiar with the investigation says Rosenstrach's wife is a deputy with the sheriff's office-- and she was home at the time of the altercation.

The New York State Police Special Investigations Unit was called into assist and ensure full transparency.

NewsChannel 13 first reported on Rosenstarch on May 22, after receiving reports that his gym continued to operate despite state orders to close as part of the COVID-19 response.

Rosenstrach declined an on-camera interview at the time, but said he was operating safely.

Nearly a month and a half later, the day after police searched his home, a closed sign appears on the door of the gym.

Officials are reporting few details at this time, but they said they are actively and aggressively investigating.

The victim was reportedly in the ICU, but has since gone home.

Police have not made any arrests so far. The sheriff’s office said they are interviewing over 20 different witnesses.     

NewsChannel 13 will continue to look into this and pass along any new information as we get it.

To hear more about the investigation, click on Jacquie Slater's report. 

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