2 charged with assault after fight with knives in Albion

Staff Reports Posted 25 August 2021 at 1:49 pm

Angel Gonzalez-Rodriguez, left, and Jeffrey VanEpps

ALBION – Two men have been charged with assault after getting in a fight with knives last night in the Village of Albion.

Albion police officers and the Orleans County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 110 West Bank St. at 10:54 p.m. after a report of two men fighting with knives, and one with a laceration to the face.

Upon arrival, Albion Police were flagged down by a 35-year-old man suffering from a stab wound to the right leg, Albion Police Chief David Mogle said.

The Albion Fire Department and the Medina Ambulance responded to the scene and treated the 35-year-old man. The Medina Ambulance transported the man to Strong Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries due to the stab wound.

Albion police officers were given a description of the suspect and where the suspect lived. The Albion PD, with the assistance of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, took the suspect into custody without incident.

Jeffrey VanEpps, 43, of Albion was charged with one count of Assault in the 2nddegree, one count of criminal possession of a weapon 4th, one count of Menacing 1st and one count of disorderly conduct. VanEpps was remanded to Orleans County Jail for CAP Court.

After further investigation, it was determined that the individual stabbed in the leg named Angel Gonzalez- Rodriguez, 35, of Albion had initially been involved in a fight with VanEpps over a cell phone, Mogle said. The two are neighbors.

During the fight Gonzalez-Rodriguez attempted to stab VanEpps, causing a minor laceration to VanEpps’ forehead, Mogle said.

Gonzalez-Rodriguez was later released from Strong Memorial Hospital and charged by the Albion Police Department with one count of attempted assault 2nd, one count of criminal possession of a weapon 4th, one count of menacing 2nd, one count of harassment 2nd and one count of sisorderly conduct.

“The Albion Police Department believes that this was an isolated incident between the two involved individuals and that there is no immediate further threat to the Albion community,” Mogle said.

“The Albion Police Department would like to thank the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, Albion Fire Department, and the Medina Ambulance for their prompt response to assist with this incident,” he said.