Defendant Pleads Guilty for Attempting to Rob Bank in the Elmwood Village

Modified: February 10, 2020 3:22pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 23-year-old Jarrod Dillman of Buffalo pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to one count of Attempted Robbery in the Third Degree, a Class “E” non-violent felony. The defendant pleaded guilty to the highest sustainable charge.

On November 7, 2019, at approximately 2:29 p.m., the defendant entered M&T Bank on Elmwood Avenue near Breckenridge Street in the City of Buffalo and approached the teller with a forged check. He wrote a note on the back of the check, which directed the teller to give him cash and to not to call the police. After the teller repeatedly stated “no,” the defendant left the bank.

Justice Buscaglia consented to admitting the defendant into a judicial diversion program. Dillman is scheduled to return for sentencing on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. Upon successful completion of the program, his felony conviction will be reduced to one count of Petit Larceny, a Class “A” misdemeanor.

Dillman committed the attempted bank robbery the day after he pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a felony. He admitted to causing the death of three-year-old Havanese mix on August 3, 2019 while working as a dog daycare attendant at a location on Niagara Street in the City of Buffalo. Dillman was scheduled to be sentenced on the crime today, but Justice Buscaglia adjourned sentencing at the request of defense counsel until Friday, June 19, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation, including Detective/Sergeant Amy Frankel, Detective Zackary Burgess, Detective William Moretti, Officer Richard Cruz and Officer Elaina Perez.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Rachel Kranitz McPhee of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.