Sammy Abdellatif’s alleged attack on the deputy came as a shock to his mother, Ginan O. Abdellatif, she said Friday.
Ginan Abdellatif said what her son is accused of doing is totally out of character for him.
She said she only knows what she’s heard in the news because neither she nor anyone in her family have been able to talk to or see Sammy since his arrest.
Abdellatif, 22, is charged with attempted murder for allegedly attacking Erie County Sheriff Deputy Jason Clark Wednesday night when Clark pulled him over on Grand Island. A month ago, Abdellatif was charged with allegedly threatening to kill Clark after he towed his car. Wednesday night, investigators said Abdellatif drove by Clark as Clark was involved in an unrelated traffic stop and yelled at Clark. Abdellatif allegedly closed his car window on Clark, leading Clark to break his window. Abdellatif then scuffled with Clark and Abdellatif's girlfriend, Brittany Ashley-Graser, allegedly jumped on his back. Abdellatif allegedly was choking Clark when a bystander jumped in to aid the deputy. A second deputy soon showed up and Abdellatif and Ashley-Graswer were taken into custody.
Abdelattif was charged with attempted murder of a police officer and if convicted could face up to 25 years to life in prison. His girlfriend, Brittany Ashley-Graser, 21, is charged with felony assault. Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. said a grand jury will review the case.
Friday morning, Abdellatif and Ashley-Graser were arraigned in Grand Island Town Court and both pleaded not guilty. Abdellatif was remanded back to the Erie County Holding Center without bail. Since he is charged with a Class A felony, the lower court can’t set bail on him. A felony hearing was set for Tuesday morning.
Ashley-Graser was being held on $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash bail.
Abdelattif's mother said her son had been home painting and doing work around the house before Brittany Ashley-Graser picked him up at around 8:30 p.m. after she got out of work, she said. Ashley-Graser has worked at the 7-Eleven on Love Road on Grand Island for about four years, her attorney told the judge in court Friday morning.
Sammy Abdellatif and Ashley-Graser have been dating about a couple years and knew each other from attending Grand Island High School together, Ginan Abdellatif said.
After her son left the house, she and her husband noticed a flurry of police cars near the intersection of East River Road and Whitehaven Road, which is close to where they live.
Somehow, her husband felt like something was wrong, she said.
Ginan Abdellatif said her husband got in the car and went down to see what was happening. He saw the vehicle his son and his girlfriend were in, but didn’t see either of them.
Sammy Abdellatif and Ashley-Graser are scheduled to next appear in Grand Island Town Court on Tuesday.