Driver Pleads Guilty to Attempted Assault Charges for Crashing Vehicle Into Downtown Nightclub

Modified: March 22, 2021 4:13pm

3/22/2021

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 26-year-old Najeeb Shabazz Jackson of Buffalo pleaded guilty this morning before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to two counts of Attempted Assault in the First Degree (Class “C” violent felonies). The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges on the day his jury trial was set to commence.

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. Two individuals were hit by the vehicle and suffered injuries.

Jackson faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. He remains released on $50,000 bail previously posted in Buffalo City Court after his initial arraignment.

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

The case was prosecuted by Chief Paul J. Glascott and Assistant District Attorney Christopher M. McCarthy of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau.