Driver Indicted for Crashing Vehicle into Downtown Nightclub

Modified: December 6, 2019 12:42pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 25-year-old Najeeb Shabazz Jackson of Buffalo has been arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan on an indictment charging him with two counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Class “B” violent felonies, and two counts of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Class “C” violent felonies.

It is alleged that on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at approximately 4:20 a.m., the defendant intentionally drove his vehicle into the entrance of Bottoms Up, a nightclub located on West Chippewa Street in the City of Buffalo, with the intent to kill or injure those inside. Two individuals were struck by the vehicle and suffered minor injuries.

Jackson is scheduled to return on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. for a motion argument. He remains released on $50,000 bond posted in Buffalo City Court after his initial arraignment.

If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.

DA Flynn commends Detectives John Losi and Joseph Bonner of the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Chief Paul J. Glascott of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.