BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two Buffalo Police Department detectives were injured after getting into a fight with a burglary suspect on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
On Thursday, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced that 26-year-old Christopher Andino, of Buffalo, was arraigned on one count of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and one count of resisting arrest in connection to Tuesday’s incident.
Police say the detectives were looking for a burglary suspect just after 1:45 p.m. on the 100 block of Herkimer Street.
According to officials, Andino allegedly assaulted a police officer while being placed under arrest and refused multiple commands. The 26-year-old also allegedly bit one of the detective’s hands during the incident and continued to resist arrest until he was taken into custody.
The detectives were transported to ECMC with non-life-threatening injuries and Andino was also brought to ECMC, police said.
Andino is scheduled to return to court on April 17 for a felony hearing, and his bail was set at $5,000. If convicted of the highest charge, he faces seven years in prison.
In addition, Andino appeared in court Thursday on another pending criminal case, in which he pleaded guilty to unlawfully entering a building on Grant Street in Buffalo and stealing an unknown sum of cash and various items from businesses in November 2021.
Andino pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree burglary in January of this year and entered a diversion program which, if he completed, would have allowed him to enter a reduced plea to a misdemeanor.
After not appearing for a judicial diversion court program in February following his guilty plea, a judge issued a bench warrant.
The DA’s Office requested that Andino be removed from the diversion program on Thursday, and prosecutors requested he is sentenced on his original plea to the felony charge and be held without bail.
Andino is scheduled to return on April 24 for further proceedings regarding the latter case.
- Ransomville man killed in motorcycle accident in Lewiston
- Why wildfire smoke could return to WNY
- “I’m at the verge of not being able to move forward”: Cannabis farmers grow impatient waiting for legal dispensaries to open
- Man killed in shooting on Baynes Street
- Jamestown man involved in two fatal crashes pleads guilty
Aidan Joly joined the News 4 staff in 2022. He is a graduate of Canisius College. You can see more of his work here.
Adam Gorski is a Buffalo native who joined the News 4 team in 2022. You can find more of his work here.