Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III announced that 21 year-old Jordan Williams of 108 Selkirk Street, Buffalo, has pleaded guilty, as charged, to four counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, one count of Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree and one count of Robbery in the Third Degree before Acting Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller. These are the highest charges for which the defendant could have been convicted had he gone to trial. In other words, Williams was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Williams admitted to the robbery spree which took place from June 15, 2013 until August 28, 2013. During that time, a total of five people were victimized by the defendant while walking or riding a bike in the Riverside neighborhood of Buffalo, as follows:
- One of the victims was targeted on two occasions - first on June 15, 2013 and again on August 28, 2013. In the first incident the victim resisted and no property was stolen. In the second incident Williams punched the 19 year old victim in the face breaking his glasses and stole his portable video game.
- On August 16, 2013, Williams knocked a 44 year old victim from his bicycle and stole the bicycle.
- On August 18, 2013, Williams and another individual used a bb gun to rob a 25 year old victim after he got off the bus on the way home from work.
- On August 22, 2013, defendant punched a 67 year old victim in the back of the head as the victim walked to his job as a maintenance worker at the Albright Knox Art Gallery. Williams stole the victim’s wallet, keys, watch, and ring.
- On August 22, 2013, Williams and another individual used a bb gun to rob a 63 year old veteran as the victim threw out some garbage outside of his home. The robbers stole the victim’s wallet which contained approximately ten dollars in cash.
Williams faces a maximum of 50 years in state prison when sentenced by Justice Boller on May 12, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John Patrick Feroleto, a member of DA Sedita’s Tactical Prosecution Unit. DA Sedita also lauded the investigation spearheaded by Buffalo Police Detectives Bart Adams and Margret Dragone, stating: “Because of their efforts, a one man crime wave was checked and a thug was brought to justice.”