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December 5, 2013

Felony charges for teens involved in assault on Lockport school administrator

Two Lockport teens are facing assault charges stemming from a Wednesday night attack on Lockport Athletic Director Patrick Burke and a school monitor.

Jesse F. James, 18, 131 Caledonia St., lower apartment, and Deandre T. Reed, 16, 222 Washington St., were both charged Wednesday night with second-degree assault, a felony. Reed was also charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

James was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of governmental administration and unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage, a violation. 

Neither of the teens are students of the Lockport City School District, according to Superintendent Michelle T. Bradley.

"We're taking this very seriously, we're continuing to work with Lockport Police in the investigation," Bradley said.

Burke, 55, suffered cuts to the face and lip, a bloody nose and may have broken his pinky finger, police said.

The school monitor, George Apolito, Jr., 67, a former city firefighter, suffered cuts to the face, lip and hand. One of Apolito's teeth was loosened and his glasses were broken during the melee.

According to an incident report from the Lockport Police Department, James and Reed were reportedly being "vulgar" during a scrimmage basketball game between Lockport and Williamsville North. While Burke and Apolito tried to escort the two out of the building at about 7 p.m., James and Reed began punching them in the head and face. Eventually they were pushed outside and left the school.

Over the police radio Wednesday night, law enforcement said the suspects were asked to leave the school several times. Witnesses said the game was stopped when one of the teens attacked Burke and a crowd flooded out into the hallway.

While on their way to the school, officers found James and Reed walking on the east side of the building on Locust Street. Both matched the description given by witnesses, so an officer stopped the teens.

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