Defendant Going to the Can for Robbing Dan the Man

Modified: April 24, 2014 12:16pm


Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 36 year-old Patrick Gajkowski of 98 Halstead Avenue, Buffalo pleaded guilty, as charged, to Robbery in the First Degree and Burglary in the Second Degree before Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia.  These are the highest charges for which the defendant could have been convicted had he gone to trial. In other words, Gajkowski was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 

On May 13, 2013, Gajkowski broke into a garage owned by Daniel Santana, who does business as “Dan the Tile Man.” While in the course of stealing contracting materials and tools belonging to Mr. Santana, Gajkowski was confronted by Anthony Osbourn, an employee of Mr. Santana. Gajkowski pulled out a knife and stabbed Mr. Osbourn as he was attempting to thwart the burglary. Gajkowski attempted to flee but Cheektowaga Police Officers promptly arrived and apprehended him.  

Shockingly, Gajkowski has a lengthy criminal record. He proudly boasts six misdemeanor convictions, as well two felony convictions for narcotics possession and another felony conviction for drunk driving. Gajkowski faces a maximum prison of 25 years in state prison when he is sentenced by Justice Buscaglia on May 13, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. 

Assistant District Attorney John P. Gerken, Jr., who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau, successfully prosecuted the case.