Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 23-year-old Jarrod Dillman of Buffalo has been arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Amy Martoche on one count of Attempted Robbery in the Third Degree, a Class “E” felony, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a Class “A” misdemeanor. The defendant was arraigned on Monday, November 11, 2019.

On November 6, 2019, Dillman pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a felony. The defendant 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. He was released on a $5,000 bond that had been posted in Buffalo City Court following his plea on the Aggravated Cruelty to Animals charge.

It is alleged that on the day following his plea, November 7, 2019, at approximately 2:29 p.m., Dillman entered the M&T Bank located on Elmwood Avenue near Breckenridge Street in the City of Buffalo. The defendant allegedly approached the teller with a forged check. He is accused of writing 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.

When Buffalo Police officers arrested Dillman, he was allegedly found in possession of a small amount of crack cocaine.

Dillman is scheduled to return on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing.

If convicted on all charges, Dillman faces a maximum sentence of 4 years in prison. Judge Martoche released the defendant on his own recognizance following his arraignment.

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 Erin E. Hart of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.

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