NIAGARA FALLS – An 87th Street man was charged Tuesday with sexual abuse and assault on a 14-year-old girl.
Thomas R. Murray II, 38, was arrested at his home just after 11 p.m.
City police activated the Emergency Response Team after concerns about taking Murray into custody, but Murray eventually was taken into custody without incident.
He is accused of trying to choke the girl, as well as forcing her to touch him sexually, according to detectives.
Murray was arraigned in City Court Wednesday on charges of obstruction of breathing, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree assault and first-degree sexual abuse. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded to the Niagara County Jail on $10,000 bail.