City man faces more charges


BATAVIA — A city man whose repeated arrests frustrated prosecutors and a judge because of bail reform has been charged again, city police said.

Devon A. Wright, 19, was pulled over at 8:20 a.m. Sept. 25 on Dellinger Avenue.

Police said he ran from his car and went into a house, where he locked himself inside.

Wright was charged Oct. 9 with obstruction of governmental administration and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

He was issued appearance tickets and released to appear Oct. 26 in City Court.

Wright is free, awaiting trial on a multi-count indictment stemming from a year-long crime spree that began in late 2019.

The 15-count indictment was filed in November 2020.

The charges include:

n Third-degree burglary, third-degree assault and criminal mischief, after allegedly entering Valero gas station and store on March 2 and injuring a clerk, along with damaging vaping oil and snack donuts

n Resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration during an arrest on March 12, 2020.

n Attempted first-degree assault for allegedly hitting a person with his car while on Highland Park, causing serious injuries.

That incident resulted in a police alert for his arrest.

n Two counts of criminal mischief, resisting arrest, obstruction and harassment. Police arrested Wright on April 21 2020 for the hit-and-run. He allegedly attacked an officer and damaged a spit hood placed on him and a ceiling at city police headquarters.

n Second-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly having sexual contact with a person less than 15 years old on Nov. 26, 2019.

n Resisting arrest and obstruction for allegedly struggling with police during an arrest on Nov. 29, 2020.

Wright was arraigned on the indictment but allowed to remain free because of bail reform laws.

In May he was arrested again, this time charges with felony criminal possession of a weapon, harassment and menacing for allegedly using a weapon to threaten people.

Prosecutors argued for jail for Wright but a judge released him, again citing bail reform.

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