By Janee Law
A Northport native was murdered Nov. 13 in upstate Poughkeepsie, according to local police.
A City of Poughkeepsie Police Department official said police received a call at 1:11 a.m. of a person being tied up and beaten at 48 Marshall St. in Poughkeepsie.
The person, identified by police as Frederick “Joey” Veitch III, 28, was found bound and deceased in an apartment on the first floor of the building.
A man later identified as David Perry, 49, was seen leaving the location, stopped and detained by officers, according to police.
Another man, later identified as 19-year-old Daniel Barletta, fled out the apartment window before police arrived.
Perry, a Poughkeepsie City resident, was brought to police headquarters for questioning and made admissions in the case. Perry told police he and Barletta attempted to rob Veitch, but a struggle ensued and Veitch was killed, police said.
After fleeing the scene, Barletta, who lives in the Marshall Street apartment, was located in New York City and taken into custody by NYPD and Poughkeepsie police.
Both men, facing second degree murder charges, were arraigned in City of Poughkeepsie Court. Perry pleaded not guilty and Barletta did not enter a plea, according to police. Both men are being held at Dutchess County Jail without bail.
The cause of Veitch’s death was still being investigated by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office as of deadline Tuesday.
Veitch graduated from Northport High School in 2007, but was living in upstate Shandaken, according to an obituary posted to the website of E.B. Gormley Funeral Home in upstate Phoenicia.
He went on to graduate from American Barber Institute in Manhattan and was a trained HVAC technician. Veitch went into business with his father, opening the Phoenicia Barber Shop.
The Veitch family also owns Deli 51 in Greenlawn and the Centerport Barber Shop.
The obituary also states that Veitch “appreciated the beauty of the great outdoors, whether he was riding the terrain on his quad, or cruising in his speed boat.
“He had many talents, and enjoyed tinkering with such things as small engine repair, or an oil burner tune-up.”
Veitch is survived by his parents Fred and Pam Veitch; siblings Christian “CJ,” Samantha and Zachariah; grandparents Charles and Michele Hudson; and a niece. He was predeceased by grandparents Frederich and Marie Veitch, and Dolores Hudson.
A funeral Mass will be held Monday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church in Phoenicia.