Niagara Falls Man Charged with Assaulting a Probation Officer
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Monsuru Giwa, 24, of Niagara Falls, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with assaulting a federal officer. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on November 24, 2015, U.S. Probation Officers attempted to search the defendant’s Niagara Falls residence. An officer approached Giwa on the porch and directed the defendant to put his hands behind his back. As the officer attempted to place handcuffs on Giwa, he attempted to break free causing the officer to be pulled off the porch and onto the ground suffering leg lacerations Giwa then fled the scene.
The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott and is being detained.
The criminal complaint is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the United States Probation Department, under the direction of Anthony SanGiacomo and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.