Man Charged in Attack with Bat
Baha'i Youths Victims of Racial Incident
Man is Charged in Attack with Bat
Buffalo News, Sunday, September 20, 1998, page C-5 (no byline)
A 24-year-old Buffalo man was arrested late Friday on an assault
charge after police said he attacked four young people with an
aluminum bat outside a tavern on Howard Street.
Police charged Matthew Mangus of 508 Fillmore Ave. with assault,
possession of a weapon and aggravated harassment.
Police said the young people, two whites and two blacks, were
walking down Howard Street late Friday when Mangus, who is white,
came out of a bar and walked ahead of them, pointing his finger at
them as though it were a gun.
Mangus then got a bat from his car and hit one of the four young
people in the back and another on the wrist, yelling racial slurs,
As the three young men and one woman scattered, the suspect, who
police said was intoxicated, chased them in his car continuing to
yell and make threats.
The four, who had called police, were in a patrol car heading
back toward the bar area when they spotted the suspect in his car.
Officers Thomas Leatherbarrow and Thomas Beyer of the Broadway
Station made the arrest.
"We were just walking by," one of the victims, a 17-year-old
youth, said Saturday. "Never saw the guy before."
Baha'i Youths Victims of Racial Incident in Buffalo
Three Baha'i youths and a friend were victims of a racially
motivated incident Friday evening, September 18th, in the City of
Good Neighbors. Elisha Choczynski, Jared Williams, and Tyrone Bell
along with their friend J.R. were assaulted outside Popeye's on
Howard Street. Tyrone was hit in the back, but apparently is okay;
Jared's broken wrist is presently in a cast; J.R. suffered a cracked
spine but is okay; Elisha was not harmed.
The City of Buffalo is presently under investigation by the FBI
for an increasing number of racial incidents that have been reported
by the press. A recent incident in Lovejoy, a neighborhood further
east bordering the Village of Sloan, involving an interracial couple
and their children became a discussion at the last Baha'i Feast
(a worship, discussion and social meeting) in Buffalo, September 8th.
Suggestions ranged from a call for a personal response to the
particular Lovejoy incident (to show our support, love, concern) to
each of us starting race dialogue groups, in our own neighborhoods,
based on the National Baha'i initiative: "The Power of Race Unity".
These suggestions were sent to the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is
of Buffalo for further discussion. However, individuals need not
wait to act.
Among the Baha'i presence in this area of the City is the Fakhri
family on Wilson, Erie Auto Parts (Siavosh Khanjani, Shahdad Waseh
and their employees) on William, the Choczynski and Delaney families
on Oneida and numerous area youth who have been involved in the
Virtues Deepenings started by Deana Choczynski. By stressing the
virtues and by stressing a spiritual approach to relationships both
Deana and Ray, as well as their children Elisha, Isaiah and Zach have
given the area some hope that people can get along and that the
future is brighter for race relations than the very gloomy situation
here in Buffalo. Presently the Baha'is meet at 205 Oneida Street
(847-1172), in the house next to their home. Next Feast is September
27th, Sunday at 4 p.m. All Baha'is (wish we could invite those who
are not Baha'is, but we cannot as this is a business meeting) from
any community are welcome to come to our Feasts. Perhaps this one,
in the afternoon (there is no Bills game!), would be a good one to
join us and show support for our youth and our community.
Support for the youth and their families is appreciated. Elisha
Choczynski may be reached at (716) 854-6149 or (firstname.lastname@example.org)