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Arrest Made for Attempted Sexual Assault in Buffalo


A parolee has been arrested for an attempted sexual assault of a woman, which occurred in late February. On February 22, 2017, Ferry-Fillmore District officers on routine patrol were flagged down by a distraught female at around 2am, on the city's east side. The victim reported she was assaulted and threatened by a male known as Langston, who was armed with a knife during the attack, and he forcibly touched her. The victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment.

Detective Mark R. Costantino of the Sex Offense Squad investigated the incident, along with Detective Jeffrey T. Banes, and tracked down the suspect at his Gibson Street home, late Wednesday night. After being brought to police headquarters for questioning, the suspect, now identified as Langston R. Austin, also known as Langston Block, 51 years old, has been charged with attempted Assault in the 2nd degree, Forcible Touching, Assault in the third degree, and Menacing. After an appearance in city Court Thursday, he was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, pending further court action.

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