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Man accused of running over ex-wife apprehended after manhunt

Posted at 11:26 AM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 17:48:29-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says authorities have apprehended 40-year-old Shane Hescox in Rochester, following a manhunt involving the U.S. Marshals Service.

Hescox and his girlfriend, Julie Westermeier, were on the run since Wednesday. The Marshal's Service says it received tips on their whereabouts from the Southern Tier to Batavia to Niagara County.

Ultimately, a tip for an address on Bowman Street in Rochester led police to Hescox, Westermeier was not with him when he was taken into custody.

“The Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division, the United States Marshal Service Violent Felony Task Force and Crime Stoppers of Buffalo have worked diligently following up on all of the tips and information which have spanned all across Western New York” stated Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour. “Their efforts are to be commended”.

Investigators say Hescox ran over his ex-wife with a pickup truck. He was wanted on several warrants including assault and reckless endangerment for the incident in Wheatfield earlier this month.

Courtney Hescox suffered broken ribs, a partially collapsed lung, fractures in her arms and legs, and cuts on her head, hands and lips. "I fell to the ground, he brushed the top of my head with his front tires," Hescox's ex-wife told 7 Eyewitness news.

Hescox was transported to Niagara County to appear in front of a judge. 7 Eyewitness News reporter Hannah Buehler was there as he was escorted out of court. He was remanded to the Niagara County Correctional Facility with no bail at direction of Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek.

Shane Hescox is walked out of court in the Town of Cambria

Crime Stoppers Buffalo had offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest. It's unclear if anyone will be able to claim that reward.

Hescox faces the following charges:

  • Reckless endangerment in the first degree,
  • Assault in the second degree,
  • Leaving the scene of a personal injury accident
  • Aggravated unlicensed operation