Tonawanda News

The Town

September 19, 2013

Rusek's mental state probed


Tonawanda News — Trusello was still in bed when Rusek allegedly attacked him at 9:30 a.m. with a homemade weapon, fashioned from a 2 1/2 pound magnet from a speaker, attached to an 18 inch piece of string.

Rusek said Trusello had gone through his records and paperwork, police said. 

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.

Wednesday’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 June hearing. 

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

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