Monday, December 20, 2021

From Escape to Recapture in Less than 2 Hours:
Charges anticipated in Warsaw standoff with 19 year old, unidentified by name

Charges are pending against a 19-year-old male who allegedly escaped from Wyoming County Community Health System on North Main Street Saturday and tried to steal a vehicle, then barricaded himself in a business before coming out. Police Chief Peter Hoffmeister said this morning that there would be formal charges either today or Tuesday morning.

“I’m still waiting for the district attorney’s approval on charges,” he said. Hoffmeister said the individual left the hospital and went to Kwik Fill, where he tried to steal a man’s pickup truck. “He got in it and put it in gear, but the owner was able to grab him and get him out of the truck. The worker at Kwik Fill came out and assisted him,” Hoffmeister said. The 19-year-old then got away, the police chief said.

“He ran toward Commerce Way and entered into part of one of the businesses. He was able to get in one of the back doors at Paddock’s Breeding and barricaded himself in there,” Hoffmeister said. “With the help of Wyoming County, we were able to convince him to come out and turn himself in, and we returned him to the hospital for treatment.”

The incident began around 1:40 p.m. Saturday and the man was in custody at 2:17 p.m., the police chief said.                         
By BRIAN QUINN-bquinn@batavianews.com

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