ASHVILLE – An Ashville man was sent to the county jail without bail over the weekend after he allegedly assaulted another man with a shovel.
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say 33-year-old James Hall of 2502 Route 394 Ashville has been charged with first degree assault, 3rd degree criminal mischief, 2nd degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child.
Deputies say they responded to a report of an assault at Hall’s residence shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday morning. Following an investigation, it was learned that Hall allegedly struck a 29-year-old male victim in the head with a shovel, causing serious physical injury. Hall then fled the scene on foot prior to Deputies’ arrival. Deputies and Lakewood-Busti Police officers located Hall walking on Route 394 a short distance from the scene and took him into custody.
The investigation revealed that prior to assault, Hall menaced a 14-year-old female by brandishing a knife. A vehicle was also damaged during the altercation.
The victim was transported to WCA Hospital and was transferred to an out-of-county trauma center due to the seriousness of his injury. Hall was arraigned in the Town of North Harmony Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail to be held without bail. Lakewood-Busti Police and the Ashville and Lakewood Fire Departments assisted at the scene.