Tonawanda News

The Town

February 19, 2014

Elderly suspect appears in court

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Tonawanda News — “It should speak to the mental state at the time of the incident,” he said. “Now it’s a year after the crime.”

In response, Dolgoff argued that Rusek’s state is likely not substantially different now. 

Rusek has been detained since the attack, when he allegedly made a homemade weapon, fashioned from a 2-1/2 pound magnet from a speaker and an 18-inch piece of string.

After the assault, Rusek, with the assistance of a walker, shuffled down to the front desk and told an employee to call for medical help for Trusello, telling her, “I just beat his (expletive).”

Police reported to the scene shortly thereafter. Trusello, in a semi-conscious state, was able to identify Rusek as his attacker.

The victim was sent to the hospital with serious injuries, including a broken rib, punctured lung and severely bruised face.

Meanwhile, Rusek remained in the foyer area of the center, located at 3456 Delaware Ave. According to police, he fully cooperated with authorities and even asked an officer where his patrol car was so he could get into it. Rusek told police that Trusello had gone through his medical records and he wanted to exact revenge.

Monday’s appearance came after a pretrial hearing in June, when Dolgoff challenged the admissibility of statements Rusek made to police after the attack.

“He said, ‘I don’t want to kill him, I just wanted to get even,’” police officer Mark Muscoreil, who arrested Rusek, said at the hearing. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.

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