Albion man charged with attempted murder after late-night altercation

Staff Reports Posted 9 June 2017 at 9:15 pm

Victim in critical condition with severe head injuries

Wesley Askew Jr.

ALBION – An Albion man has been charged with attempted murder after an altercation Friday at about 1:45 a.m.

The Albion Police Department and COVA Ambulance were dispatched to the apartment building located at 175 North Main Street for a report person injured following a physical altercation, Police Chief Roland Nenni said.

Albion police officers arrived on scene and found a 53-year-old male with severe head injuries. The victim was transported to the Medina Memorial Hospital by COVA Ambulance and then transferred to Buffalo General Hospital by Mercy Flight.

The Albion Police Department investigation indicated that the victim was assaulted by Wesley Askew Jr., 49, who is an acquaintance of the victim. Both Askew and the victim reside at 175 North Main St.

The victim is currently listed in critical condition. His name is being withheld pending family notification, Nenni said.

Askew is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

He is currently in the Orleans County Jail on $250,000 bail. Askew is to return to the Town of Albion Court on June 14 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

Askew is a level 3 sex offender, the highest possible risk for re-offending. He was released from prison in late 2015 after being convicted in May 2009 for second-degree rape.

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