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June 11, 2013

Brothers charged after Washburn Street fight

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Two brothers were arrested and face attempted assault charges after they allegedly used a board and a brick to attack a man Sunday evening near the intersection of Washburn and Spalding streets.

Matthew J. Lequeux, 21, 294 Washburn St. Apt. 2, and Joseph M. Lequeux, 23, 32 Ashley Place, upper, were both charged with disorderly conduct and attempted assault.

Lockport police responded to the intersection after 911 dispatchers received a report of a large fight involving bricks and shovels.

The first patrol unit to arrive saw a group of more than 30 people had gathered, and the officer requested assistance from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police, due to the number of people.

As additional units arrived, police saw Joseph Lequeux standing on the porch at 294 Washburn yelling obscenities. Matthew Lequeux was standing in front of the building yelling, indicating he struck someone and allegedly stating "you saw him go down." According to the report, Matthew Lequeux was "swinging his fists as he yelled."

Police detained the brothers in patrol cars and then interviewed a victim.

The victim told police he was walking along Washburn Street when he saw his brother on Spaldig Street wave at him to come over. As the victim turned the corner, he said Matthew Lequeux hit him on the head with a board, causing him to fall to the ground. While on the ground, the victim said Joseph Lequeux struck him on the back with a brick.

According to the victim, he then got up and began to chase Matthew Lequeux but Lockport police arrived and everyone stopped fighting.

The report said the victim believes the fight was about an altercation the victim's brother had with Matthew and Joseph Lequeux on Saturday.

The Lequeux brothers were held without bail.

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