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NY- Accused attacker of Wyoming County teen found dead

3-18-2009 New York:

The man accused of attacking a 15-year-old boy in Perry, Wyoming County, Monday night was found deceased yesterday morning in Castile, Wyoming County.

Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies found Paul J. Richards, 39, of Silver Springs, Wyoming County, deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his family’s cabin on Oak Hill Road, said New York State Police Investigator Robert Edwards. Based on evidence collected at the house and an investigation conducted by sheriff’s deputies, it was determined that Richards was the man accused of attacking a teen the previous night on Oatka Road in Perry.

State Police said a 15-year-old boy was walking along Oatka Road, about 10 p.m. Monday, when he was assaulted. The teen told troopers that he was walking home from a friend’s house when a man approached him from behind and struck him in the head with a handgun, said Sgt. Michael Hockey.

The two struggled and the man apparently tried to bind the teen with what appeared to be plastic handcuffs, Hockey said. The teen was able to fight off the man, gain control of the gun and fire two shots into the ground. The man then fled the scene in a red pickup truck.

The boy, who suffered several head lacerations, was able to get home on his own. He was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital, where he was treated for minor head lacerations and released, troopers said.

Edwards said teens did not know his attacker.

Troopers and deputies today continue to investigate the incident. ..Source.. by Victoria E. Freile • Staff writer

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