Two Buffalo Teens Face New Charges After Assault Victim Died

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BUFFALO, NY – Two teens who are currently facing assault charges for an incident that took place in January, could soon be facing more serious charges after their victim has since died.

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that two 16-year-old males from Buffalo were arraigned this morning before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case, a designated Youth Part judge, for their alleged involvement in an assault that occurred earlier this year.

Court records show that on January 31, 2022, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the adolescent offenders, while acting in concert with each other, assaulted a man inside of an elevator at the NFTA Metro Rail Amherst station on Main Street in the City of Buffalo.

“The adolescent offenders are accused of attempting to cause serious physical injury by shoving, kicking and punching the victim,” D.A. Flynn said. “One of the teenagers was allegedly found in possession of metal knuckles. The adolescent offender is accused of using the weapon to assault the victim.”

The adolescent offenders were previously arraigned on felony assault charges before Youth Part Court Judge Kelly Brinkworth on February 3, 2022. One of the adolescent offenders was arraigned on an additional charge of one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor).

The adolescent offender charged with the additional offense for possession of the metal knuckles had bail set at $15,000 and has remained in custody at the Erie County Youth Services Center. The other adolescent offender was released under supervision on February 3, 2022.  

The victim, from Buffalo, died on Monday, February 21st at a rehabilitation facility. At this time, his death remains under investigation by the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office.