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Arrest warrant issued for Michael Cremen

Thomas O'Neil-White

An arrest warrant has been issued for the man at the center of a racially-charged incident on Hertel Avenue in August. Michael Cremen, 47, of Franklinville failed to show up for his arraignment for a second time Wednesday morning. 

He was initially charged with menacing, harassment, and criminal possession after threatening protestors in North Buffalo.

Cremen was originally due to appear in court on Oct. 8, but failed to show. Despite last week’s no-show, City Court Judge Barbara Johnson-Lee did not issue an arrest warrant citing the citing the lack of “relevant credible evidence” for the warrant. In an email supposedly sent by Cremen to District Attorney John Flynn’s office, Cremen said he would not come to court if he had to wear a mask or if others in court were wearing masks.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas moved to Western New York at the age of 14. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he majored in Communications Studies and was part of the sports staff for WBNY. When not following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats and Boston Red Sox, Thomas enjoys coaching youth basketball, reading Tolkien novels and seeing live music.
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