Suspect in incident with two Hamburg detectives taken into custody in Buffalo



September 18 – 11:34 a.m.

Anzalone has been arraigned on one count of resisting arrest and two counts each of assault and reckless endangerment.

He will return to court on Wednesday for a felony hearing. Bail was set at $100,000.

September 17 – 3:12 p.m.

The Town of Hamburg detective’s missing gun and clip have now been recovered.

News 4 has learned Anzalone was in jail earlier this year after being accused in a Kenmore robbery.

The victim was “uncooperative” and a felony hearing could not be held in June, so Anzalone was released, according to the Erie County DA’s Office. Those charges remain pending.

10:34 a.m.

Anzalone was taken into custody on Broadway and Liddell in Buffalo.

Thursday, September 17 9:46 a.m.

Town of Hamburg Police say they have possibly identified the man who assaulted Hamburg detectives.

Authorities are attempting to locate 49-year-old Joel Anzalone. He possibly suffered injuries to his face during the struggle, police say.

On Facebook, police say they determined while Detective Pupo tried to extricate himself from the moving stolen car, his belt broke, and his weapon and holster were missing after he was ejected.

They didn’t find the weapon at the scene, so Anzalone is possibly armed.

Town of Hamburg Police are advising the public not to approach him if he is located and to call 911.

Wednesday, September 16

Town of Hamburg Police are looking for a suspect they consider dangerous after he fled the scene in a reportedly stolen vehicle with a police detective partially inside the vehicle.

According to the police department’s Facebook page, two Hamburg Police detectives were at the Kohl’s store on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. They were there to obtain video of a suspect attempting to use a credit card which had been located in a car that was stolen from the McKinley Plaza in Hamburg on Tuesday.

While they were there, they saw the suspect had returned to Kohl’s.

The detectives approached the suspect and told him to turn off the car and exit the vehicle.

Instead, police say the suspect attempted to drive away with one of the detectives still partially inside of the vehicle.

A struggle ensued and the detective was able to free himself from the car.

The suspect fled the scene.

Both detectives suffered minor injuries but are expected to be fine.

Anyone who encounters the suspect should not approach him but is asked to call 911 or the Hamburg Police at 716-648-5111 x0.

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