In June, two 18-year-old males racked up a slew of charges, 15 to be exact, stemming from the assault of a Westfield resident. Law officials withheld the release of their names following the incident due to their status as youthful offenders.
According to Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley, the teens were indicted Aug. 3 by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury.
One of the suspects is Jonathan Ballew, 18, of Brocton, who was indicted by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury and he pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, which is a Class B felony, the highest count possible.
“That was one of the top counts; he had a couple of more charges that went along with this, but this was a Class B felony so he couldn’t have gotten any more time if he had pled on any more of them,” Foley said. “He pled to one of the top counts.”
The second case, Foley, said is still pending and that involves Jose Andino, 18, of Westfield, who was indicted at the same time as Ballew.
Foley did not indicate the charges against Andino, but noted there were “several.”
At the time of the incident in June, Ballew and Andino were facing charges of 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. Bail was set at that time for $100,000 cash and $200,000 property.
It was in late June that 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.
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.
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