Loper indicted for standoff and rape


ALBION — A former Batavia man who threatened to shoot his neighbors, resulting in a 10-hour standoff with police, has been indicted by an Orleans County grand jury.

Edward R. Loper, 31, also faces charges stemming from a separate investigation into his relationship with an underage girl.

Loper was arraigned in Orleans County Court Thursday and charged with second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree robbery, third-degree assault, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, grand larceny and criminal mischief.

Those charges stem from a Dec. 3-4 standoff on Knowlesville Road.

The incident began about 4:45 p.m. Dec. 3 when Loper allegedly kicked in his neighbor’s door in a rooming house where they live. He is accused of assaulting the man, leaving and returning to continue the assault.

Loper also threatened people outside the house with a gun, prompting numerous police agencies to arrive.

Seven people in the house were evacuated as police negotiated Loper’s surrender.

Loper surrendered about 3 a.m.

The grand jury also indicted Loper on charges from an investigation into his relationship with a 14-year-old girl in 2018.

He is charged with four counts of second-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child.

Loper remains in Orleans County Jail, with bail set at $10,000.

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