Deputies: Avon man broke into home, assaulted homeowner during attempted burglary

AVON, N.Y. (WHEC)— An Avon man is facing several felony charges after deputies say he broke into a home and assaulted one of the people inside during an attempted burglary/robbery.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says on the morning of July 18, 22-year-old Justis Watts got into a home in the Town of Avon by cutting a screen and climbing through a window while the people inside were sleeping. When they woke up and confronted Watts, deputies said he threatened them with a gun, a knife and eventually gained access to a wooden rod, which he used to assault one of the homeowners.

Watts tried to run away from the home but was taken into custody immediately. Deputies say he had taken items from the house.

He was arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree felony burglary, multiple counts of first-degree felony robbery, as well as an assault charge, a criminal gun charge, and then multiple other charges including menacing, and grand, and petit larceny.

The gun was determined to be a bb gun.

The homeowner deputies accuse Watts of hitting was hospitalized, Watts suffered minor injuries but refused treatment.

Watts was arraigned and is currently in the Livingston County Jail. Bail was set at $50,000.