THE ACTION: Attempted Kidnapping in Wheatfield

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On June 28, 2018, Niagara County Communications received a 911 call from a resident on Ward Road in the Town of Wheatfield.

The caller reported that she was sleeping in the living room and woke up to a male carrying her six-year-old daughter down the outside steps of the residence.

She chased after the male and he released the child onto the stairs and then ran from the residence.  The caller also reported that she was familiar with the male and recognized him as a neighbor.

Responding deputies located the male at his residence and detained him.

He was identified as Salvatore Prezioso, 49 years old, from the Town of Wheatfield.  He was questioned by Investigators and subsequently charged with Attempted Kidnapping in the 2nd degree and additional charges may be pending.

Prezioso was arraigned before Justice Strenkoski from the Town of Wheatfield and was remanded to the custody of the Niagara County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.  Prezioso is scheduled to return to court July 3rd at 1:00pm.

The child was evaluated at the scene for bruising and abrasions by St. Johnsburg Fire and EMT’s from Tri-Community Ambulance.  She was treated and released to her mother.

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