Tonawanda News

August 7, 2013

Tonawanda man found guilty of burglary

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A City of Tonawanda man has been convicted of second-degree burglary, second-degree reckless endangerment and resisting arrest after a three-day trial in Erie County Court.

Cody Little, 24, broke into a former employer’s home in Williamsville in November, a statement from the Erie County District Attorney’s Office reads.

He fled from police officers who responded to the scene and evaded authorities for months.

In January, City of Tonawanda Detective Joseph Scarpena attempted to arrest Little on the outstanding warrant during a traffic stop on the Twin Cities Memorial Highway.

“Scarpena told Little to turn the keys off and step out of the vehicle,” Lt. Fredric Foels said at the time of the incident. “Little refused.”

Scarpena put his head into the vehicle and attempted to turn the car off when Little stepped on the gas and drove away, pushing Scarpena to the ground. The detective rolled on the highway a few times, but he was not injured.

The U.S. Marshall’s Service assisted in the search and located Little hiding in a bedroom closet at an Oliver Street apartment five days after the incident. 

Little has 16 prior criminal convictions, four of which were felony charges, the district attorney’s office said.

He faces a maximum of 15 years in state prison when he is sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11 by Acting State Supreme Court Justice William Boller.