Grand Island Man Charged for Hate Crime After Attacking Woman With Pool Cue, Shouting Racial Slurs

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BUFFALO, NY (Erie County Press Release) – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 46-year-old Charles A. Vacanti of Grand Island was arraigned yesterday evening before Grand Island Town Court Justice Mark S. Nemeth on one count of Assault in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime (Class “C” felony) and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor).

It is alleged that on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at approximately 4:00 a.m., the defendant and the female victim were involved in a physical altercation while inside of a tavern on Ferry Road in the Town of Grand Island. During the alleged incident, the defendant is accused of using a derogatory racial slur toward the victim. The defendant is accused of hitting the victim in the face by using a pool cue as a weapon, resulting in physical injury.

In addition to suffering pain and swelling to her nose and mouth, the victim received stitches for a cut to her upper lip.

Vacanti is scheduled to return on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 5:15 p.m. for a felony hearing. Prosecutors requested that the defendant be remanded. He was released on his own recognizance.

A temporary order of protection was issued on behalf of the victim.

DA Flynn commends the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation.

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The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Daniel J. Mattle of the Justice Courts Bureau.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.