Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - A 62-year-old Hamburg man was arraigned Tuesday morning in State Supreme Court on an indictment charging him with the following offenses:
- One count of Rape in the First Degree (Class "B" violent felony)
- One count of Kidnapping in the Second Degree (Class "B" violent felony)
- One count of Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree (Class “E” felony)
The alleged incident took place on Aug. 23 starting at approximately 5 p.m. ET when Scott Saracina and the victim were inside of the his vehicle when he forcibly grabbed her purse, causing the strap to break. The defendant allegedly took the victim’s cell phone out of her purse and became verbally abusive. When the victim attempted to take her cell phone back, the defendant allegedly bit her finger. The defendant is also accused of pulling the victim’s head backward by her hair during the incident, while he continued to make threatening statements.
It is further alleged that Saracina drove the victim to her home in Chautauqua County, then forced her back into his vehicle. The defendant allegedly abducted the victim by driving her to his apartment on South Park Avenue in the Town of Hamburg. The defendant is accused of forcing the victim into his residence while in possession of her purse and cell phone, which prevented her from calling for help.
Saracina is also accused of forcibly raping the victim inside of his bedroom while preventing her from leaving the apartment. The defendant allegedly threatened the victim throughout the incident.
The victim was later permitted to leave the apartment with her belongings. The alleged crime was reported to police, and the victim underwent a rape kit.
Saracina is scheduled to return on Monday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. ET and continues to be held without bail.
If convicted of the highest charge, Saracina faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
The defendant also has pending charges in Hamburg Town Court for allegedly stalking and harassing a second female victim, as well as violating an order of protection issued by the Court.
It is alleged that on Wednesday, Feb. 2 of this year at approximately 9:25 p.m. ET, Saracina, with the intent to harass the victim, sent numerous unwanted text messages and multiple phone calls to his ex-girlfriend. The defendant also allegedly went to the victim’s home unannounced.
Saracina was arraigned the following day on one count of Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor) and one count of Stalking in the Fourth Degree (Class “B” misdemeanor). He was released on his own recognizance. A temporary order of protection was issued on behalf of the victim.
It is also alleged that on Friday, March 4, 2022 at approximately 3:37 a.m. ET, Saracina knowingly violated an existing order of protection by placing a phone call to the victim. He was arraigned the following day on one count of Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor). He was released on his own recognizance.
It is further alleged that on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at approximately 3:51 p.m. ET, Saracina, again, knowingly violated an existing order of protecting by attempting to video chat with the same victim through a social media application. The defendant was arraigned on one count of Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor) and released again.