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Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Andre Baker, 28, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmanuel O. Ulubiyo, who is handling the case, stated that on March 25, 2018, two Buffalo Police Officers were flagged down by an unidentified civilian yelling and screaming “he has a gun” while simultaneously pointing his hands in the direction of a parking lot in the vicinity of Jefferson Avenue and Genesee Street. The officers observed another civilian pointing a firearm at the defendant as well as a firearm on the ground next to the defendant’s feet. After making eye contact with the officers, the defendant jumped into the rear seat of a vehicle. Seconds later, Baker exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The defendant was quickly apprehended in the vicinity of Virginia and Cherry Streets by the officers.

One of the civilians, who identified himself as a sworn Peace Officer and licensed gun owner, reported that he observed and later broke up a physical fight between the defendant and an unidentified male and female outside Arthur’s Pub in the vicinity of Jefferson Avenue and Genesee Street. After he broke up the fight, the civilian stated that Baker went across the street and got into the aforementioned vehicle. The civilian then observe the female involved in the fight approach the car and spit in the defendant’s face. The defendant exited the car, approached the rear bumper, and removed a gun. The civilian withdrew his concealed firearm from his holster, pointed the gun at Baker and gave a verbal command to the defendant to drop his gun. Baker complied.

Officers subsequently recovered a loaded, .380 caliber pistol, on the ground next to where the defendant was standing prior to fleeing. Officers also recovered a loaded 12 gauge shotgun from the vehicle.
Baker was previously convicted of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd degree in Erie County Court and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.  

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 7, 2019, before Judge Arcara.


Updated May 3, 2019

Firearms Offenses