AUBURN | A police investigation is under way concerning an alleged downtown assault that put an out-of-town man in the hospital Memorial Day weekend and has kept him from returning home, according to the Auburn Police Department.
Police said the incident occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 in the parking lot of Angelo's Pizza, 33 E. Genesee St., Auburn. Shane Maneri, 42, of Atlanta, Ga., called the police from a different location and said that he had been attacked by several different people in the parking lot, police said.
Police said several interviews have been conducted but the investigation has not yet been resolved.
"There are conflicting statements as to what has transpired," said Capt. David Delfavero of the Auburn Police Department.
As a result of the incident, Maneri suffered a broken tibia in his right leg as well as several bruises across his face and neck. He is currently at his mother's house near Auburn, his hometown, recovering from trauma surgery.
Maneri and his family said they did not want to disclose any specific details of the incident to prevent jeopardizing the current police investigation.
Members of Maneri's family have started a fundraising campaign on the website Indiegogo called "A Little Love for Shane" to cover Maneri's medical costs from his injuries. The website reiterates what Maneri alleged to the police, saying he was "brutally attacked" by different individuals in Angelo's parking lot, a place Maneri said he has visited since he was 15.
Maneri came to Auburn May 20 both to visit his family during Memorial Day weekend and to complete the process of obtaining health insurance. Maneri said he would have been cleared by Blue Cross Blue Shield for insurance once his herniated discs were healed. He had an MRI done on his herniated discs on Friday, May 24, at the Auburn Diagnostic Imaging Center, just hours before the incident.
Maneri said he was denied surgical treatment on his leg several times after the incident occurred due to his lack of health insurance. He eventually received treatment at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester on May 30 and was discharged on June 3.
Now Maneri is recovering, practically immobile and unable to work at his job as a self-employed real estate, health and life insurance agent. He and his family said they have not yet been billed for medical expenses as of Monday, but Maneri is currently living without income due to his condition.
Maneri's mother, Sherry Garr, said the family has recently applied for crime victim benefits and are currently awaiting further details on the investigation.