Protester Arrested for Allegedly Looting Elmwood Village Liquor Store, Throwing Bottles at Police Officers

Modified: May 31, 2020 10:56am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 21-year-old Daniel D. Hill of Kenmore has been arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Betty Calvo-Torres on one count of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a Class “D” felony, one count of Riot in the Second Degree, a Class “A” misdemeanor, and one count of Resisting Arrest, a Class “A” misdemeanor.

It is alleged that on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at approximately 10:34 p.m., the defendant and other unknown individuals broke into a closed liquor store and threw bottles and other objects that recklessly caused alarm and risk to both responding officers and nearby civilians on Elmwood Avenue near West Utica Street.

The defendant is accused of throwing multiple liquor bottles at Buffalo Police officers. The officers, who were responding to the reported looting, were hit by the glass bottles and suffered minor injuries.

It is further alleged that when the officers attempted to place the defendant under arrest, he punched, kicked, and elbowed the officers.

Hill is scheduled to return on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. He was released on his own recognizance.

If convicted on all charges, Hill faces a maximum of 7 years in prison.

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