(WNY News Now) – A 25-year-old Buffalo resident, has pleaded guilty to a string of violent crimes, including nine counts of Robbery in the First Degree and one count of Burglary in the First Degree. The guilty plea comes after a series of armed robberies and burglaries targeting hotels and stores throughout Erie County.
Erie County – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn revealed that Abdi Kadir admitted guilt on all charges listed in the indictment against him. The crimes occurred over a five-day period in May 2021.
Kadir’s violent spree involved forcibly stealing money and personal belongings from victims at various hotels across Erie County, with multiple incidents where he brandished what appeared to be a firearm. His actions escalated, with threats and thefts at stores in Buffalo and hotels in Lancaster, Amherst, and Tonawanda.
One encounter involved Kadir forcibly taking a security guard’s firearm during a confrontation outside a hotel in Amherst. His criminal activities finally ended when Town of Tonawanda Police officers located and arrested him shortly after receiving a 911 call.
As a second violent felony offender, Kadir could face a maximum prison sentence of 25 years. His sentencing is scheduled for Friday, January 19, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. He remains in custody without bail.