Chautauqua County Woman Pleads Guilty to Assault Charge for Hitting Police Officer in the Head with Bullhorn

Modified: October 29, 2021 10:33am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 22-year-old Savannah E. Karcz of Silver Creek, N.Y. pleaded yesterday morning before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to one count of Assault in the Third Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor).  

On Saturday, May 1, 2021, at approximately 9:58 a.m., Buffalo Police officers were blocking the Ring Road entrance to Delaware Park when the defendant attempted to drive around the officer’s parked patrol vehicle. The defendant exited her vehicle, hit the patrol vehicle with her hands and yelled at the officers through a bullhorn. When one of the officers attempted to move the object away from his face, the defendant hit him in the left side of the head with the bullhorn. The officer was treated at ECMC for pain and swelling.

Karcz faces a maximum of one year in jail when she is sentenced on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. She remains released under supervision.

“Any assault on a police officer will not be tolerated. I hope that the victim feels that justice has been served by this defendant pleading guilty today,” said Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation.  

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lauren M. Creighton of the Felony Trials Bureau.