Canadian Man Found Guilty by a Federal Jury of Assault on a Federal Officer
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal jury in Buffalo has convicted Jordan Hidalgo, 23, of Fort Erie, Canada, of assault on a federal officer with physical contact causing bodily injury. The defendant faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both when sentenced.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Wei Xiang and George C. Burgasser, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that the defendant was initially indicted in April 2011 along with five others and charged with violent crimes in aid of racketeering and other charges. This indictment centered upon the defendant’s activities on behalf of Cheko’s Crew/7th Street Gang, alleged to have operated on the West Side of Buffalo. Hidalgo was arrested in Canada in 2011 and extradited to the United States in August 2013.
On September 17, 2013, the defendant was being held at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, NY. On that day, two deputy United States Marshals went to the facility to transfer Hidalgo to another facility. The defendant refused to leave his jail cell and began cursing and threatening the deputies. As the deputies went inside the jail cell to remove Hidalgo, the defendant punched one of the deputies multiple times in the head causing several cuts and a broken nose.
The verdict is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the U.S. Marshals Service, under the direction of Charles Salina, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, under the direction Michael Phillips, Buffalo Field Office Director, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Valley Metro-Barbosa Group also assisted in this case.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 26, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. in Buffalo before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara who presided over the trial of the case.