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3 TEENS ARE ACCUSED IN BLOW DART ATTACKS

It may have seemed like fun, driving around Hamburg blowing darts through a 2-foot-long dart shooter, until people got hurt.

Now the three Hamburg teen-agers accused in several blow-dart attacks are scheduled to appear on assault charges Friday in Village Court.

"It fires really fast," Hamburg Town Police Detective Michael Sauer said of the dart shooter, adding that the device is legal to possess when used properly. "They got their kicks doing that."

He said there is evidence -- darts found on the ground in several locations -- that the teen-agers drove around the Hamburg area trying to hit
people with blow-darts.

The three were charged by Hamburg village police with two attacks June 18 on Union Street. A jogger told police she was hit with a dart on her right side. That attack came shortly after another woman walking on Union Street pulled a dart from the back of her sweat shirt.

Charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon are Michael V. Czosnyka, 18, of 39 Haviland Place; Christopher Suzstak, 18, of 28 Prospect St.; and Adam Birkmeyer, 17, of 44 Church St.

Suzstak also faces charges placed by town police for a similar attack June 24 on Camp Road where a 17-year-old victim was shot with a six-inch dart while he was walking. He underwent surgery in Erie County Medical Center and has been released, police said.

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