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Evans teen, two juveniles involved in violence, theft

EVANS — On March 9 at 5:30 p.m., Evans Police officers Jeffrey DeVinney, Scott DeJohn, Luke Fioretti and Joseph LaRosa were dispatched to 60 Commercial St., in response to a report of an assault on an unconscious victim. Police said that, when they arrived, the 12-year-old victim was conscious and being given aid by witnesses.

The victim reported being jumped for an unknown reason, by two offenders: 16-year-old Ian Ross of Angola and a 15-year-old male offender. The victim said that Ross hit him and took his cellphone. Police reported that the victim was confused, due to an apparent head injury, and could not recall all events. It was reported that the victim had bruising around his left eye and a footprint mark on the right side of his face; EMS was requested and transported the victim to Children’s Hospital.

A witness reported seeing Ross stand over the unconscious victim and say, “Wake up. You’re faking.” The witness called 911 and observed the juvenile offender and another 14-year-old male offender run on foot toward the Angola Fire Department. Another witness reported seeing a boot mark on the victim’s face and swelling to his eye.

One offender was located by police at Taste of the Midway; Ross and the other offender were located at 80 School St. Statements were taken from all three offenders; parents of the juvenile offenders reported to the station and were present, during the statements.

At 5:57 p.m., police investigated Ross at his home in Angola; the subject admitted taking the victim’s black Samsung Galaxy® smart phone and smashing it in the parking lot behind 80 School St. in Angola. Ross told police that the phone was hidden inside a radio speaker in his bedroom. Police took possession of that phone, which was then documented and placed into an evidence locker.

Ross admitted that he also burned the victim with a cigarette, punched him – which caused the victim to fall to the ground – and then stomped on his head. Ross said that, on his way home after fleeing the scene, he smashed the victim’s phone in the church parking lot and went home to change his clothes, including his sneakers.

Conspiracy charges are pending for the juvenile offenders. The victim came to the station and had photos taken of his injuries.

DeJohn recovered the stolen cellphone and the shoes Ross was wearing, at the time of the assault.

Ross was charged for criminal mischief third, damage of another’s property for an amount greater than $250; criminal possession of stolen property; robbery third; assault second, with intent to cause serious physical injury; petit larceny; conspiracy fifth; disorderly conduct for fighting and violent behavior; and harassment second, physical contact. He was then taken into custody. Ross was arraigned on March 10 and transported to the Erie County Holding Center. Bail was set at $2,500 cash and a $10,000 bond.

A stay-away order of protection was issued by the victim.

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