Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that a false report about a property damage accident and intoxicated driver led to the arrest of Richard Cerrone, age 22, on July 21.
Deputy Jason Bouton responded to an alleged accident involving an intoxicated driver hitting a mailbox. As the Deputy initiated his search for the vehicle and damaged mailbox the New York State Police contacted Deputy Bouton informing him the owner of the suspected vehicle was currently at the Boston Barracks; the owner was at the NYSP Boston Barracks to file a complaint against her ex-boyfriend.
Deputies Bouton and Kenneth Achtyl made contact with Richard Cerrone at his home on Cole Road in the Town of Colden after verifying the original complaint came from a telephone number belonging to him. When asked about the reported accident, Cerrone initially denied making the report but recanted his statement claiming he forgot about the call. He then provided a voluntary written statement about the accident to Deputies at which time Cerrone was cautioned that providing a false report is a class A misdemeanor. When the Deputies were prepared to drive Cerrone to the area of the alleged accident, he admitted to falsifying the report.
Cerrone was transported to the NYSP Boston Barrack and was charged with misdemeanors for filing a false written report and falsely reporting an incident. He was issued an appearance ticket for Boston Town Court and assigned a court date for June 28.
New York State Police charged Cerrone separately on stalking and harassment changes.