Man indicted for beating woman with tire iron


A former Batavia man who served a state prison term for scalding a woman with hot water has been indicted on charges for allegedly beating a woman with a tire iron and punching another woman.

James T. Saddler III, 40, of Rochester is charged with second-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of harassment.

Saddler was arrested after he allegedly beat a woman with a tire iron and punched and shoved a woman during an altercation at Sunset Motel on June 24.

Saddler has a history of violence against women and in 2015 was sentenced to two to four years in prison for scalding a woman with water. It was one in a series of crimes against woman in 2013 and 2014.

Saddler also served a prison term for a 2007 drug-dealing conviction in Genesee County.

A Genesee County grand jury filed indictments against four other people:

n Daniel J. Wolfe, 47, of Batavia is charged with second-degree burglary and two counts of criminal contempt of court. He is accused of violating orders of protections against two people in November 2020.

The orders of protection were issued following a standoff with police in November 2019.

Wolfe barricaded himself inside a house on Liberty Street. Police arrived and Wolfe barricaded himself in the upstairs apartment. The woman had escaped the apartment before police arrived.

Wolfe, who remained inside the house, began shooting at officers with a BB rifle, police said at the time.

Police set up a perimeter around the house and ordered neighbors to stay inside.

City police negotiators were called to the scene along with the Batavia Police Emergency Response Team, state police, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation K-9 Unit.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s K-9 handler attempted to enter the apartment but had to pull back after Wolfe allegedly slashed at the dog, Frankie, with a knife.

Police launched tear gas into the house and used robots and drones to determine where Wolfe was located and if he had weapons.

He was indicted in August 2020 for that incident.

n James J. Santiago Jr., 41, of Batavia is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, attempted third-degree assault, menacing, attempted criminal trespass and trespass.

He is accused of entering a house on Washington Avenue May 3 and threatening a person.

Santiago, a Level 2 offender on the NYS Sex Offender Registry, has served three previous state prison terms: For having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl, for robber and for assault.

n Edwin L. Stancliff, 42, of Pembroke is charged with felony DWI and felony criminal mischief for damaging a glass door at Troop A headquarters.

n Wayne D. Potter, 37, of Batavia is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and second-degree assault.

Potter is accused of threatening a person with a knife on Jan. 11 and assaulting a person at jail on Feb. 16.

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