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Amherst man charged with assault after altercation in Aldi's parking lot


CLARENCE -- A 43-year old Amherst man was charged with assault on Friday following a physical altercation in the parking lot of an Aldi on Transit Road.

According to Troopers, a 53-year-old male and his fiancĂ© were walking in front of the store when Raed Saleh approached in a vehicle.  A verbal altercation ensued after it was alleged that Saleh drove to close to the pedestrian. During the verbal altercation Saleh bumped the pedestrian with his vehicle.  The argument continued and culminated with Saleh exiting his vehicle and striking the pedestrian with a baseball bat.  Saleh left the scene and was arrested at his home. 

Saleh was charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  

He was arraigned in Clarence Town Court and released with a return court date. 

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