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Two more Buffalo men charged in violent 2014 home invasion, shootout with police

JAMESTOWN – Two more Buffalo men were indicted and jailed in connection with a violent home invasion and shootout with police two years ago, Jamestown Police announced Monday.

Ernest J. Bishop, 30, and Ralph J. Crayton, were charged by a Chautauqua County grand jury with three counts of first-degree aggravated sexual abuse, first-degree criminal sexual abuse, first-degree use of a firearm, four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and six counts of second-degree assault, according to Police Capt. Robert Samuelson.

Last year, four other Buffalo men got stiff prison terms in the case.

The incident took place late June 30, 2014 or early July 1, 2014. In what police officials have long-believed was a drug-related crime, the six Buffalo men indicted in the case are believed to have been in a team of possibly seven men who staged a violent home invasion in the first block of Falconer Street.

The attack began as a search for drugs and cash and resulted in the sexual assaults of several women in the house. Police have never detailed the full nature of the sexual assaults. The four suspects who are already in prison in connection with the case were only convicted of burglary counts, not sex crimes.

About 3 a.m., police were called to the scene and a street fight ended in a shoot out between police and the suspects. Four of them were arrested that day.

In March 2015 now-retired Chautauqua County Judge John T. Ward sentenced Jacon Hicks, 26, the alleged mastermind of the Falconer Street crime and the shoot out with police to a five-year prison term as a repeat felon. Judge Ward also then imposed a four-year prison term on Jaqwan Martin, 23, and he sentenced Martin’s twin brother Maqwan Martin, also 23, to a two to four year prison term and Levelle Jones, 26 to a four-year prison term. All four had been convicted on burglary charges in the case.

Bishop and Crayton are being held in the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville in lieu of $500,000 cash bail or $1 million property bail each pending further court proceedings, Capt. Samuelson said.

Bishop and Crayton have been linked to the violent home invasion through forensic and electronic police work, according to police. Samuelson did not comment on whether a search continues for a possible seventh suspect in the case.


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