Victim Suffers Serious Head Injury In North Harmony Assault

NORTH HARMONY – An Ashville man is in Chautauqua County Jail following an incident Saturday morning in North Harmony.

James G. Hall, 33, of 2502 Route 394, Ashville, was charged with first-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child after Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies learned that Hall struck a 29-year-old male in the head with a shovel causing serious physical injury.

Hall fled the scene on foot prior to deputies’ arrival, but Lakewood-Busti Police officers assisted the deputies in locating Hall walking on Route 394 a short distance from the scene and took him into custody.

An investigation revealed that Hall menaced a 14-year-old female by brandishing a knife prior to the assault. A vehicle was also damaged during the altercation.

The 29-year-old victim was transported to WCA Hospital by the Ashville Volunteer Fire Department before later being transferred to a regional trauma center due to the seriousness of the injury.

Hall was arraigned in Town of North Harmony Court and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail to be held without bail.