Buffalo Man Arraigned on Felony Charge After Threatening to Kill Congregants Inside West Side Church

Modified: January 4, 2022 4:51pm


Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 29-year-old Roberto E. Echevarria of Buffalo was arraigned this morning before Buffalo City Court Judge Kevin J. Keane on one count of Making a Terroristic Threat (Class “D” felony).

It is alleged that on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at approximately 12:44 p.m., the defendant caused a disturbance at a church on Lafayette Avenue by shouting at the pastor and threatening to kill the people inside. The defendant left the building without incident.

Echevarria is scheduled to return on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. He was released on his own recognizance as the charge is non-qualifying for bail.

Judge Keane issued an order of protection on behalf of the pastor, which prohibits the defendant from being near the church.

If convicted of the charge, Echevarria faces a maximum of 7 years in prison.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department their work in the investigation.  

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