Lockport man charged after viral video in Buffalo

Jeffrey Calhoun faces 15 years in prison for attempted robbery

Mike Baggerman
July 17, 2019 - 12:18 pm

Jeffrey Calhoun pointing a pistol at a group of people after a traffic accident in Buffalo. July 15, 2019 Photo Courtesy of Precious Santiaga

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A Lockport man has been charged with multiple crimes after appearing in a viral video on Tuesday.

Jeffrey Calhoun was shown on camera pointing his gun to a group of women after a car accident on Sanders Road and Colvin Avenue on Tuesday morning. Prosecutors allege that he tried to steal a purse from Jeanneie Muhammad, who hit him in the car accident. Calhoun is also accused of grabbing the woman, biting her left arm, and throwing her to the ground.

The video begins with Calhoun tugging at Muhammad's purse after the accident. Bystanders across the street called police and told Calhoun he could not do that. After he allegedly bit her, the person who shot the video, Precious Santiaga, ran across the street.

"You can't bite her," one bystander yelled.

Calhoun pulled out his gun after he was struck by the Muhammad.

"No one hit me no more," he said before putting his gun back in his holster.

Jeffrey Calhoun pointing a pistol at a group of people after a traffic accident in Buffalo. July 15, 2019 Photo Courtesy of Precious Santiaga

When confronted and told he pulled the gun out on the group, Calhoun responded by saying "No, I showed it to you."

"There's a bunch of people," Calhoun added. "I did not (pull the gun out)."

Once police arrived, Calhoun said he was hit multiple times and that he pulled the gun out because people were "coming after me". Calhoun then walked over to the police cruiser where the bystanders shouted that Calhoun had someone's car keys. The video ended once Muhammad began speaking with police. Santiaga said she stopped recording at the request of Buffalo Police.

Calhoun was charged with attempted robbery in the first degree, menacing in the second degree, and harassment. He faces up to 15 years in prison for the crimes and is being held on $75,000 cash or property bail. The judge issued an order of protection for the victim.

He will return to court on Monday.

Muhammad and her supporters called for hate crime charges against Calhoun in a Wednesday afternoon press conference. Muhammad alleged Calhoun called her a racial slur while he was in the back of the police cruiser.

"He called me a n*****," she said. "He said you probably don't have insurance anyway."

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