FRANKLINVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME FOR THREATENING PROTESTERS WITH KNIFE IN NORTH BUFFALO

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 48-year-old Michael J. Cremen of Franklinville has been arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Shannon M. Heneghan on the following charges:

  • One count of Menacing in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime, a Class “E” felony
  • One count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, Class “A” misdemeanors
  • One count of Harassment in the Second Degree, a violation.

It is alleged that on Friday, August 28, 2020, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the defendant threatened protesters with a knife during a demonstration on Hertel Avenue near Parkside Avenue in the City of Buffalo. He is accused of pushing and threatening one protester. It is further alleged that the defendant used racial slurs during the incident.

Cremen is scheduled to return on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. for a hearing. Judge Heneghan set bail at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.