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Grand Island suspect charged with attacking jail guard

A 19-year-old Grand Island man in custody since he allegedly tried to stiff a cabbie Feb. 4 on Baseline Road was quickly subdued after he injured an Erie County sheriff deputy who was leading him back to his cell block after an 8:45 a.m. visitation session Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Department said.

. Ciaphas Hawkins, also facing a Buffalo City Court case, was charged with attempted assault and obstruction of governmental services after he allegedly lunged at Deputy Joe Puleo while he was being searched after the visit. Puleo, though injured, quickly put on his body alarm and personally subdued Hawkins as other deputies ran to his assistance.

Hawkins also faces administrative discipline in the downtown lockup, according to Scott Zylka, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department. Puleo was treated at the Erie County Medical Center for an upper body injury he suffered in the jailhouse incident.