Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that deputies arrested two males involved in two separate incidents yesterday afternoon in the Village of Springville.
In the first incident, Deputy Robert Ellis of the Erie County Sheriff's Springville Sub-Station responded to the Village Optical on West Main St. for a report of an individual physically attacking the owners of the business. Dispatchers were advised that a male had entered the store and demanded the return of some property, and had refused to leave the store after becoming verbally abusive. He then proceeded to strike both the male and female owners. Deputy Ellis arrived within minutes, and immediately took the assailant into custody. Arrested was Patrick T. Brown, age 23, of Park Ave. in the Town of Clarence. He was charged with two counts of Harassment in the second degree, and one count of Trespass, all violations. He was released on appearance tickets, and will answer to the charges on a future date in the Village of Springville Court. The store owners did not appear to be injured during the confrontation.
In the second incident, occurring just minutes later, Deputy Anthony Yavicoli, of the Erie County Sheriff's Domestic Violence Unit, responded to a walk-in complaint at the Erie County Sheriff's Springville Sub-Station. The complainants, 15 and 16 year of age females advised the deputy that while they were in the area of the gazebo at Fiddler's Green Park, they were approached by a male who made threats to them regarding a pending court case involving a friend of his who is presently being held. A police report was taken by the deputy to document the incident. Less than two hours later, the suspect was located in the village, and was taken back to the sub-station to be interviewed. The suspect admitted his involvement, and was immediately taken into custody. Arrested was Tyler B. Swartz, age 21, of Greenwood Drive in Springville. He was charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, both Class A Misdemeanors, and one count of Tampering with a Witness in the 3rd Degree, a Class E Felony. Mr. Swartz was transported to the Erie County Holding Center, and will be held pending his arraignment in the Village of Springville Court.