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Teenager convicted of weapons charges, menacing after holding up his family at knifepoint

A young man who held his family at knifepoint before he was disarmed by Buffalo police was convicted on weapons possession and menacing charges this week in State Supreme Court.

Andre Simmons, 18, of Hewitt Street faces up to a year in jail when he is sentenced Oct. 8 by Justice Deborah Haendiges, who found the defendant guilty of criminal possession of a weapon and three counts of menacing in a nonjury trial.

Simmons was arrested Oct. 18 after Officers Dewayne Raye and Thelma Jones responded to a 911 call at the Simmons home. The officers found Simmons threatening his mother, brother and stepfather with a knife and ordered him to drop the weapon. Simmons reportedly ignored the officers, but they were then aided by his brother, who distracted Simmons while Raye knocked the knife away and Jones kicked it out of reach.

Simmons later contended that he was acting in self-defense against his unarmed family members, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.