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2017-09-13 / Local News

Buffalo man pleads guilty to robbery, shooting at Transit Road restaurant

Christopher Boyd, 30, of Buffalo, has pleaded guilty to multiple charges stemming from a robbery and shooting last year at a Transit Road restaurant.

According to a press release from the office of Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr., Boyd entered the pleas on Thursday before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio.

Flynn said Boyd pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary in the first degree, three counts of robbery in the first degree, one count of assault in the first degree and one count of attempted murder in the second degree.

In addition, Boyd also pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and one count of criminal possession of stolen property.

According to the release, at about 11 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2016, Boyd entered Zoe Restaurant, 5711 Transit Road, Clarence, and robbed and shot 44-year-old Alexander J. Pozantidis, the restaurant owner, as he was leaving the business.

The release stated that Pozantidis was shot in the arm and chest, but he survived the assault.

Additionally, on July 28, 2016, Boyd burglarized a home on Riverside Drive in Buffalo and assaulted the homeowner. The release further stated that later that same day, Boyd committed a carjacking in Buffalo, where he stole a vehicle from a woman at gunpoint.

On Nov. 9, 2016, when Buffalo police officers, state police and parole officers located Boyd at a deli, he was armed with a gun.

According to Flynn, Boyd faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced by DiTullio on Oct. 12.

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