Buffalo Police make arrest in Mollys bar assault

BUFFALO N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Police say they’ve made an arrest in last weekend’s assault at Molly’s bar.

Police say 35-year-old Jeffrey Basil, of Amherst, turned himself on Saturday evening. Basil is said to have major connections to Molly’s bar.

Basil is being charged with first-degree assault. He pleaded not guilty to the assault charge Sunday morning and is due back in court on Friday. Basil is being held on $250,000 bail.

The bar was shut down Friday by an emergency police order.

The victim, 28-year-old William Sager, was found unconscious outside the bar around 2 a.m. on Sunday, May 11. Sager, an airman stationed at the Niagara Falls Reserve Station, had been pushed down a flight of stairs inside the bar. He remains in the ICU at ECMC.

The Buffalo Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau is looking into what two off-duty officers who were at Molly’s bar that evening saw or heard. Sources previously told News 4 the officers were working security outside the bar that evening, and had gone inside after their shifts ended.

“The Buffalo Police Department is continuing to investigate every aspect of this serious assault, including any actions taken by off-duty officers at the scene,” said Chief of Detectives, Dennis Richards.

Richards also addressed reports by other media outlets that the victim called 911 earlier in the evening.

“The victim’s phone is accounted for, and he did not make any outgoing calls to 911 prior to the assault, contrary to published media reports,” Richards said.

Police are still urging anyone who may have witnessed Sager being assaulted, or who may have video evidence of the scene, to call or text the Confidential Tipline at 847-2255.

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