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Buffalo parolee arrested on sexual assault charges

A Buffalo parolee  threatened a woman with a knife and inappropriately touched her last month, Buffalo police authorities said Friday.

Langston R. Austin, 51, also known as Langston Block, was charged with attempted sexual assault forcible touching, menacing and an additional assault count, police said.

He was taken into custody late Wednesday night at his Gibson Street home by Sex Offense Squad Detectives Mark R. Costantino and Jeffrey T. Banes.

At about 2 a.m. Feb. 22, a distraught woman flagged down Ferry-Fillmore District patrol officers. She told them she had just been assaulted and threatened by a man named "Langston," according to Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards.

The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment and the case referred to SOS.

Austin, who remains at the Erie County Holding Center pending further action in Buffalo City Court, is on parole for previous convictions of second-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and attempted aggravated assault against an officer of the law, according to state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision records. He was released from state prison last June.

"He's a violent individual and again in custody," Richards said.

In 1989, Austin was shot by a Buffalo police officer during a struggle involving the officer's gun on Buffalo's West Side. In a separate case, Austin was found not guilty of second-degree murder in 1993. He had been accused of killing a Dewey Avenue man.


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