Richmondville man accused of breaking victim’s phone during fight

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A Schoharie County man is facing charges after police say he broke a victim’s cell phone to prevent them from calling police.

Benjamin Palmateer Jr. got into a fight with the victim and injured them, state police said.

Palmateer then allegedly broke the victim’s phone and threatened them with scissors.

When Palmateer was arrested, he had cocaine on him, state police said.

Palmateer is now facing drug possession, criminal mischief, menacing and assault charges.

He’s being held in the Schoharie County Jail.