Man acquitted of threatening local restaurants after Tops shooting

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Buffalo man was acquitted of allegedly threatening local restaurants after the Tops mass shooting, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Joseph S. Chowaniec, 52, was acquitted of two misdemeanor counts following a bench trial on Thursday. He was previously acquitted of felony charges in November 2022.

Charges re-filed against Buffalo man who allegedly made Tops shooting-related threats

In May 2022, at approximately 12:05 p.m., Chowaniec allegedly made a threatening phone call to a pizzeria on Delaware Avenue. At approximately 12:45 p.m., he also allegedly made a second threatening phone call to a brewery in downtown Buffalo.

Both establishments closed for the day after receiving the calls.

In both incidents, officials said, Chowaniec allegedly made references to the Tops mass shooting on Jefferson Avenue.

Latest Local News

Man acquitted of threatening restaurants after Tops shooting

Man arrested after allegedly threatening VA Medical Centers

Jamestown SWAT raid leads to drug charges

Buffalo man pleads guilty to rape charge

Buffalo man arraigned for fatal 2022 shooting

Emily Miller is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2022. See more of her work here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *