WESTFIELD — What began as an assault case turned into much, much more late Friday night for two 18-year-olds males, one from Westfield and one from Brocton.
How much more?
Bail set at $100,000 cash and $200,000 property is a good indication of the seriousness of the incident, first reported via fax Monday night.
When it was all over, the unidentified, and at this point alleged, partners in crime had been charged with nine felonies, three misdemeanors and a simple violation by Westfield Police, assisted in the investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department.
The charges include: second-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, first-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree conspiracy, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree menacing, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and unlawful possession of marijuana.
It all began around midnight Friday when Westfield Police officers were dispatched to the area of 8260 Third St. in the town of Westfield for an assault in progress. Officers were advised the subject had allegedly stolen the victim’s vehicle and could possibly be headed into the village of Westfield.
Officers located the stolen vehicle, which was occupied by one of the suspects. The other was found inside a local bank attempting to access the victim’s bank account through an ATM.
It is alleged the suspects entered the unidentified victim’s home while he was away and waited for his return home. Upon return home, the suspects allegedly beat him with the stock of a shotgun multiple times and tied him up with duct tape.
The victim, who suffered multiple contusions on his face, head, legs, arm and ribs, was transported to Westfield Hospital for his injuries and later transferred to a different hospital for further care.
Police recovered a sawed-off shotgun and other weapons in the stolen vehicle along with bags of various drugs.
The subjects were arraigned in the Town of Westfield Court, then remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail to await their next court date.