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Women Arraigned in Bus Assault Case

Albany County District Attorney David Soares

 

 

Press Release

May 4, 2016

 

 

Women Arraigned in Bus Assault Case

 

 

 

 

ALBANY, NY – District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that three defendants were arraigned this morning before the Honorable Judge Stephen W. Herrick in Albany County Court.  An Albany County Grand Jury previously returned an indictment related to an alleged incident that occurred on January 30, 2016 aboard a CDTA bus.

ARIEL AGUDIO, 20, of Huntington, NY, was arraigned on (1) Count of Assault in the Third Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, (3) Counts of Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, all Class B Misdemeanors, (3) Counts of Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree, all Class A Misdemeanors, and (3) Counts of Harassment in the Second Degree, all Violations.

ASHA BURWELL, 20, of Huntington Station, NY, was arraigned on (1) Count of Assault in the Third Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, (4) Counts of Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree, all Class A Misdemeanors, and (1) Count of Harassment in the Second Degree, a Violation.

ALEXIS BRIGGS, 20, of Elmira Heights, NY, was arraigned on (1) Count of Assault in the Third Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, and (2) Counts of Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree, each Class A Misdemeanors.

The indictment alleges that around 1:00 a.m. on January 30, 2016, while aboard a CTDA bus on the UAlbany campus in the City of Albany, AGUDIO, BURWELL, and BRIGGS did allegedly cause physical injury to a 19 year old female passenger by means of repeatedly striking her.
 
In addition, the indictment also alleges that AGUDIO attempted to cause physical injury to a 19 year old male passenger by means of striking him repeatedly.  It is also alleged that AGUDIO attempted to assault and had physical contact with two other female bus passengers, ages 18 and 20.

BURWELL is also charged with allegedly having physical contact with a 19 year old male bus passenger.

In addition, the indictment also alleges that AGUDIO, BURWELL, and BRIGGS did falsely report the incident to law enforcement after exiting the bus on January 30th and in days following the alleged incident.

AGUDIO, BURWELL, and BRIGGS each pleaded not guilty to the charges this morning and were released on their own recognizance by the Court.

While a case conference date was scheduled for attorneys, a next public court appearance has yet to be set by the Court. A tentative trial date has been scheduled for September 26, 2016.   

Chief Assistant District Attorney David Rossi is handling the prosecution of this case.

For more information, please contact Cecilia Walsh at (518) 275-4710 or [email protected]

 

 

 

 

All parties are presumed innocent

until and unless proven guilty



 

 

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