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May 20, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published May 20


Bar where airman was beaten remains shut down 

A Buffalo pub where a New York National Guard airman was critically injured during an attack remains shut down by authorities as they investigate whether two off-duty police officers working at the bar were involved.

Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael DeGeorge says Molly's Pub remains closed Monday, three days after it was ordered shut down by the city's police commissioner.

The bar's manager, 35-year-old Jeffrey Basil of Williamsville, was charged over the weekend with assault in connection with the attack that left 28-year-old William Sager Jr. of Silver Creek near death. Basil has pleaded not guilty.

Police say Basil pushed the airman down a flight of stairs early on the morning of May 11. Sager suffered severe brain injuries and remains in critical condition.

Investigators are studying the videos to get a clearer view of the shoving, according to Channel 4 News. Investigators also have at least two eye witnesses who told them that Basil shoved Sager.

Three people are then seen carrying the unconscious Sager outside. After helping carry Sager outside, an off-duty Buffalo police officer then set him up against a wall and handcuffed him. A friend accompanying Sager held up his head so he would not suffocate. Another witness provided investigators cell phone video of the scene outside the bar

Police are investigating the actions of the two off-duty cops.


Niagara Falls

• THEFT: Officers are looking into an SUV break-in in the 600 block of Ninth Street. A 48-year-old man told police that sometime between 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday someone broke into his 2005 Chevy Suburban by unknown means. The victim said an unknown substance was poured into his oil reservoir. 

• INCIDENT: Police are looking for a male suspect who pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot a woman. The 38-year-old victim told police she was walking in the 600 block of Pine Avenue at 5 p.m. Sunday when she was approached by a man and a woman. The man pulled out a silver revolver and told the victim he was going to kill her.

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