Tonawanda News

September 12, 2013

NT man faces rape allegations

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A North Tonawanda man turned himself into police on Wednesday to face a rash of sex-related charges. 

Police Lt. Karen Smith said Joseph R. Angelhow, 23, 775 Castlebar Drive, was arrested at 1:20 p.m. for third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree sexual abuse after he showed up at the North Tonawanda Police Department accompanied by his attorney. 

She said the “one-time incident” took place June 30, though she said she could give few details related to the alleged crimes, only revealing that the occurrence happened within city boundaries. Angelhow was arraigned in city court before he was released, however Smith was unsure whether bail was tendered. 

The North Tonawanda City Court Clerk could not immediately be reached for comment, though police records show he was initially taken into custody and held on $750 bail. 

“We conducted an investigation and a warrant was applied for,” Smith said of the charges, adding that the Niagara County District Attorney’s office also was involved in the probe. 

Angelhow does not have a history of arrests in the city, police said. The case will be presented to a Niagara County grand jury that will consider the felony charges.