Teen Charged in Niagara County Homicide Arraigned for Attempted Escape During Transport from Youth Detention Center

Modified: December 14, 2020 11:52am

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It is alleged that on Friday, December 11, 2020, at approximately 9:55 a.m., the defendant attempted to escape police custody while being transported by a Niagara County Sheriff’s deputy to a medical appointment. The defendant is accused of slipping out of his handcuffs and escaping from the deputy’s vehicle in the vicinity of Jefferson Avenue and East Ferry Street in the City of Buffalo. The defendant was quickly apprehended nearby on East Ferry Street with the assistance of a Good Samaritan.

The defendant, who has been charged in connection to a fatal shooting in the City of Lockport, is currently housed at the Erie County Youth Services Center (Secure Detention) pending action of the Grand Jury in Niagara County.  

The adolescent offender is scheduled to return on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. He was remanded without bail.

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

DA Flynn commends the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Scott Malec of the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Noha A. Elnakib of the DA’s Community Prosecution Unit.

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