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October 11, 2013

NT teen appears in court

Tonawanda News — A teenager charged with attempted murder appeared in North Tonawanda City Court Thursday. 

Jordan Wankasky, 17, of Nash Road, was arrested by police on Saturday and accused of stabbing an acquaintance four times with a kitchen knife following an altercation believed to have stemmed from an early-morning game of beer pong. The incident took place on Hagen Street, police said, where a 12-inch knife with a seven-inch blade was recovered. 

Wankasky was arraigned in North Tonawanda City Court on Sunday in front of Judge William R. Lewis and charged with two felonies including second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault as well as a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was held in lieu of $20,000 bond, returning to court again Thursday for a felony hearing. 

“We are here today because we didn’t know if he would be out on a bail bond or not,” Lewis said. “He is.”

Representing Wankasky was defense attorney Herbert Greenman, who stood next to the teenager, appearing boyish and wearing a suit in court, as Lewis laid out a order of protection involving the victim. 

“Just stay away from this fella,” Lewis said to Wankasky. 

Police said the victim, a 17-year-old male, and Wankasky were involved in a scuffle at a house party, a fight that Wankasky reportedly lost. Minutes later, police said, he attacked the victim with a knife, stabbing him four times in the head and upper body. Witnesses later told investigators it appeared Wankasky was attempting to kill the victim, rather than injure him. 

The victim was sent to Erie County Medical Center and released on Saturday. 

Due to the felony charge, the case will eventually move to Niagara County Court, while the district attorney’s office has yet to assign a prosecutor. Wankasky is scheduled to appear in city court on Nov. 21. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115. 

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