Violent crowbar incident leads to arrest in downtown Amherst

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Corey Graziano

Corey Graziano

Wanted in connection to a vicious crowbar attack on a Berlin Heights man the night before, 27-year-old Corey Graziano of Amherst was arrested Friday just after noon at his Cleveland Avenue residence.

Graziano faces a second-degree felonious assault charge through the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

He is accused of attacking 19-year-old Jacob Muncy, striking him once in the center of the forehead near the hairline.

The incident took place around 2:17 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Florence Township home of Richard Buckosh, who is the brother of Graziano’s girlfriend, Jesika Buckosh.

According to an ECSO report, the girlfriend took shelter at her brother’s home after Graziano had become increasingly hostile in recent weeks.

She told investigators he was verbally abusive, threatened to shoot or kill her friends and to harm himself.

Since he seemed calm, the girlfriend’s family opened the door to Graziano. It was soon apparent he was intoxicated, the report said.

Muncy, who was visiting, soon started arguing with Graziano — that’s when the suspect produced the crowbar from behind his back and hit Muncy once, raising his hand to swing again but holding off, according to the ECSO narrative.

When Richard Buckosh descended from the second floor of the home, Graziano fled in a mid-1990s model white Ford Explorer.

Deputies said they found Muncy bleeding from his forehead. There was blood throughout the residence.

Amherst police were notified to be on the lookout for Graziano. Witnesses said local officers were well-armed the next day when they approached his home to serve a warrant.

Graziano was turned over to Erie County authorities. He was booked into the Erie County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Corey Graziano Graziano

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