City of Buffalo Police anti-looting detail makes 10th arrest, 4 arraigned Wednesday

On Wednesday morning, the city reported it had made its tenth arrest.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Since Sunday night, the issue of the looting of businesses closed because of treacherous weather conditions has been popping up across Western New York, and now especially in the City of Buffalo.

On Tuesday, the city officials announced that it has created an anti-looting detail to combat looting and tack down those who have broken into and trashed businesses.

Later on Tuesday afternoon, the Buffalo Police Department shared that a fifth arrest has been made in connection to looting. By Wednesday, that number has increased to 10.

On Wednesday the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced that several alleged suspects were arraigned in court.

The attorney’s office said Felix Ramos, 46, of Buffalo was arraigned on one count of Burglary in the Third Degree (Class “D” felony), one count of Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the Second Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor) and one count of Attempted Petit Larceny (Class “B” misdemeanor).

According to the release, Monday, December 26, 2022, at approximately 8:04 a.m., Ramos allegedly burglarized the Family Dollar store on the 400 block of William Street. Ramos allegedly entered the closed store through a broken front door in an attempt to steal various items. When confronted by responding police officers, Ramos attempted to run out of a rear door but was taken into custody by police.

Ramos is being held without bail. He is scheduled to return for a felony hearing on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.

According to the attorney’s office, Luiman E. Velez, 55, of Buffalo was arraigned on one count of Burglary in the Third Degree and one count of Attempted Petit Larceny.

The release said that on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at approximately 11:31 p.m., Velez burglarized a Dollar Tree store at the 1300 block of Broadway. Buffalo Police officers allegedly saw Velez enter the closed store through a broken door and attempt to steal various items.

Velez is scheduled to return for a felony hearing on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. Bail was set at $1,500 cash, bond, property or partially secured bond.

Shaniece A. Jones, 34 of Buffalo was also arraigned this morning before Judge Faso on one count of Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree (Class “B” misdemeanor).


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