Thursday, June 17, 2021

Bucolic Park in Holley:
Holley Citizens help save part-time Perry Police officer from brutal attack while working part-time in Holley

A man has been charged with attempted murder after he attacked a village police officer at Holley Canal Falls park late Tuesday afternoon. David J. Simoni, 32, is charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, criminal obstruction of breathing, attempted aggravated assault, menacing, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a weapon. Simoni was committed to Orleans County Jail without bail pending arraignment.

The attack happened after Officer Timothy Quatro, who joined the force in April, responded to the park just after 6 p.m. after a citizen called to report a man walking around “antagonizing” people, Chief Robert Barton said.

Quatro arrived and found Simoni, who has a violent criminal history, sitting on a bench. Barton said Simoni did not respond to the officer’s questions. Quatro walked away to talk to witnesses and then returned to the bench, where Simoni was still sitting. "Simoni lunged at Quatro with a knife and a violent struggle ensued," Barton said. "Bystanders joined the fray and Quatro was able to disarm Simoni and then Taser him," Barton said.

Chief Barton continued, "The citizens should be commended. Their actions were heroic." Barton also commended Quatro, who joined Holley police April 26 as a part-time officer. Quatro also works part-time at Perry Police Department. Chief Barton said he hopes to publicly recognize the citizens for their help. All local police agencies responded to the park, including Brockport and Albion, Orleans sheriff's deputies and state police.

The bucolic park is behind Public Square and includes a 35-foot waterfall that drops from the top of Erie Canal.
Courtesy of The Daily News

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