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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A 23-year-old Castleton man and a 31-year-old North Tonawanda man were charged by Niagara County Sheriff's deputies with trespassing on the roof of a South Transit Road business and making a fake 911 call to lead deputies away from the store.

According to the NCSO report, William D. Moxon of 2417 Reno Road in Castleton and Eric T. Griffin of 156 2nd Ave. in North Tonawanda used an access ladder outside the business to climb onto the roof of Gamestop, 5716 South Transit Road, around 9:27 p.m. Dec. 21.

Patrol spoke with the manager of Gamestop who stated that the ladder access is usually locked and that no one is to be up there. Patrol located empty beer cans and a Samsung Galaxy notebook that belonged to a Griffin at the bottom of the ladder access.

While patrol and state police were checking the building, NCSO Communications advised that there may be a possible overdose in the area we were in. NCSO Communications advised they received a 911 call stating that someone had overdosed at the Comfort Inn in the City of Lockport. City of Lockport Police and Fire checked the entire Comfort Inn and were unable to locate any overdose on scene. Patrols were advised that the call came from a cell phone from the area of 5716 South Transit.

While patrol and state police were trying to make contact and see if anyone was on top of the roof, patrol witnessed two heads peak over the edge of the roof. Deputy Harrer was able to make contact with both individuals on the roof and South Lockport's aerial truck was requested to the scene to remove the two individuals from the roof. Patrol and state police accompanied members from the South Lockport Fire Department to the top of Gamestop and observed two males on the roof with multiple beer cans scattered over the roof.

Both individuals appeared intoxicated when Patrol spoke with them. Griffin and Moxon stated that they were from out of the area and wanted to go to a place to talk with each other in private. They stated that they work on roofs and install solar panels and that's what they were in town for, adding that  they were staying at the Comfort Inn.

When patrol inquired if either had called 911, both stated that their phones were dead. Patrol observed no damage or anything out of place on the roof of 5716 South Transit and all parties on the roof were safely taken to the ground by South Lockport's aerial truck.

Patrol and LPD interviewed the pair in regards to the incident. Griffin said it was his idea to go on the roof and that it was a bad decision on his part. He also stated that he did not call 911 and had no idea what patrol was talking about.

While interviewing Moxon, however he admitted to calling 911 to report the overdose in hopes it would cause patrol to leave. Patrol confirmed that the number used to call 911 to report the overdose was that of Moxon's.

Both men were taken into custody at 10:49 p.m., charged with third-degree criminal trespassing and falsely reporting an incident. They were remanded to the Niagara County Jail on $500 police bail and are set to appear in the Town of Lockport Court on Jan. 5.



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