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GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man who was previously out on bail has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer.
Last month, Sammy Abdellatif, 22, was arrested on a charge of aggravated harassment after allegedly threatening to kill Erie County Sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies say they pulled him and another person over on East River Road on Grand Island Wednesday night.
Before Abdellatif and driver Brittany Ashley-Graser, 21, were pulled over, deputies say their vehicle was going back and forth near the scene. While this was happening, the Sheriff’s Office says Abdellatif shouted threats and obscenities at a deputy.
The deputy initiated a traffic stop during this time and tried to arrest Abdellatif on a charge of disorderly conduct. In an unruly move, the Grand Island man then tried to trap the deputy’s hand in the vehicle window by rolling up the glass, officials say.
Because of this, the deputy says he had to break the window to free his hand.
This is when officials say Abdellatif got out of the vehicle and began to violently assault the deputy. Ashley-Graser allegedly joined in. During the assault, a pit bull left the vehicle and acted aggressively toward the officer.
“One certainly notable difference here is that the deputy was not stalking them or following them,” Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard said. “They sought out the deputy last night, they challenge the deputy, they yelled obscenities in the presence of other people, they drew the deputies attention last night.”
A civilian eventually saw the situation and proceeded to free the deputy from Abdellatif’s chokehold, officials say. At this point, deputies say the dog attacked the civilian.
“The passenger had applied a chokehold to the deputy and as the deputy was losing consciousness, a good Samaritan named Peter O’Brien stopped, and as a result of his interaction, we have no doubt, saved the deputy’s life,” Howard said.
Once another deputy arrived at the scene, officials say the first deputy was found on the ground bleeding and gasping for air.
As the second deputy ordered Abdellatif to the ground, the first deputy crawled over and managed to handcuff the man.
Abdellatif’s alleged violence did not end there though. While trying to place him in a patrol car, officials say Abdellatif became aggressive again and kicked the second deputy. Abdellatif was eventually secured in the vehicle.
Abdellatif and Ashley-Graser were taken to the Erie County Holding Center, pending arraignment. The latter was charged with felony assault, obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest.
The first deputy was taken to ECMC, where he stayed overnight to receive treatment for serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
“The impact of this will take a while to set in, and again, he has expressed that he is at home with his wife and children and is celebrating life,” Howard said.
Additional charges related to the incident may be pending.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Weighing in at 11 tons and sitting at more than six stories high, the world’s largest rubber duck has made its way to Buffalo.
News 4 was at Canalside Thursday, where crews began to inflate the enormous duck.
“Mama Duck” will be ready for visits from locals at Canalside throughout the weekend, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday. The event lasts until Sunday at 5 p.m.
‘She’ is appearing in Buffalo as part of the weekend’s Maritime Festival.
See photos of the duck’s arrival in Buffalo below.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Niagara Falls Police arrested the woman they say stole a bicycle that belongs to a young cancer patient.
34-year-old Nina Allen of the Town of Niagara is charged with petit larceny. Police say surveillance video showed Allen taking “Baby Shawn” Kennedy’s bicycle from the front porch of his home earlier this month. Baby Shawn is fighting a rare form of brain cancer.
Allen was arraigned Thursday morning where she was jailed on $1,500 cash bail. She will reappear in court September 12.
It’s been a very muggy afternoon, and that humidity continues into this evening. A cold front moves in from the west tonight, bringing another round of showers and thunderstorms. While a few showers and storms will pass through the metro, areas south of Buffalo have a better chance to see strong-severe thunderstorms with potentially strong damaging wind gusts being the primary threat. The Storm Prediction Center has the region at a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms through this evening. Evening storms will shift southeastward and dissipate by late evening. Afterwards, patchy fog will form with clearing skies overnight.
Friday, turns out to be a day of weather improvement. Morning clouds give way to plenty of sunshine, with more comfortable levels of humidity. High pressure builds in bringing generally nice weather for the upcoming weekend. Saturday will be sunny, then partly sunny Sunday with just an outside chance of a late day shower.
Next week looks mostly dry for the first half, with a few late-week showers or thunderstorms possible.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Evening Thunderstorms, especially from the city southward, some could be Strong-Severe with heavy downpours south of the city. Mostly cloudy and muggy with clearing skies overnight. Some patchy fog develops. Wind: SW 6-12, Low: 64-70.
FRIDAY: Some morning clouds and patchy fog give way to sunshine, not as humid, High: 79-84, Wind: WSW 6-12, Low: 58-64.
SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny, Warm, High: 85, Low: 68.
SUNDAY: Mostly to Partly Sunny, chance of late-day shower or thunderstorm, High: 87, Low: 68
MONDAY: Partly Sunny, chance of a few Scattered Showers/Thunderstorms, High: 82, Low: 64.
TUESDAY: Partial Sun, High: 84, Low: 65.
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, High: 83, Low: 63.
THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny with an afternoon shower or thunderstorm possible. High: 80.
DARIEN CENTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — A number of people are facing charges after Wednesday night’s Blink-182 concert at Darien Lake.
The following people were arrested:
The following people were issued appearance tickets: