Disturbed Defendant Disarmed

Modified: April 30, 2014 10:05am


Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 24 year-old Louis Doll of 3610 Seneca Street, West Seneca, pleaded guilty to Attempted Menacing of a Police Officer and Menacing in the Second Degree before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang. 

On January 16, 2014, Doll entered the Seneca St. Planet Fitness Club and began threatening patrons while wielding a knife. West Seneca PD Police Officer Jesse Reed promptly arrived, but he too was menaced at knifepoint by Doll. Officer Reed kept Doll at bay with his service pistol and ordered him to desist. Doll instead lunged at Officer Reed, who, with his other hand, quickly drew his Taser and incapacitated the would-be assailant.   

Shockingly, Doll has a criminal history and was on parole for a 2008 Attempted First Degree Robbery conviction at the time of these crimes. After serving the remainder of his parole in state prison, Doll faces an additional four years behind bars when he is sentenced by Justice Wolfgang on May 15, 2014. 

The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Paul J. Glascott of DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau. DA Sedita stated: “Serious injury to innocent citizens was prevented and the incarceration of societal menace was accomplished due to the bravery, composure, and professionalism of Officer Reed.”