Buffalo Sabres star Evander Kane was charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment today in connection with an incident at a downtown Buffalo bar last month.
Three Buffalo Police detectives were seen meeting Kane outside the Central Booking Bureau in City Court around 11 a.m.. They put handcuffs on Kane and accompanied him into the City Court building. Kane, accompanied by one of his lawyers, turned away from a Buffalo News reporter when she asked if he had any comment.
Although Kane, 24. voluntarily surrendered to police, he still proclaims his innocence and plans to fight the charges, his lead attorney, Paul J. Cambria, told The News.
“Without a doubt, he plans to defend himself against these charges,” Cambria said. He added that he does not believe the charges should impact Kane’s future with the hockey team.
Buffalo Police said Kane is charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass and four counts of non-criminal harassment.
Kane is also charged with a violation of disorderly conduct, alleging that he created a “hazardous/offensive condition.” His harassment charges allege that he engaged in “physical conduct” with alleged victims.
The allegations stem from an incident early on the morning of June 24 at the Bottoms Up bar, for encounters involving Kane, three women and a bouncer, sources familiar with the case told The Buffalo News.
Kane put his hands on four people at the bar early that morning, including the bouncer and three women, according to police sources. Police allege that Kane yanked the hair and grabbed the throat of one of the women, while trying to push her into his car.
Sources familiar with the case told The News the misdemeanor criminal trespass charge was filed because Kane allegedly refused to leave the bar.
Sources said one video shows Kane pulling a woman by her hair and then grabbing her by the throat.
Earlier this month, Buffalo Police compiled two incident reports based on allegations made about Kane’s conduct shortly after 3 a.m. at Bottoms Up.
In the first alleged incident, police said: “While inside Bottoms Up nightclub, suspect threatened complainant and made derogatory comments to her. While outside ... suspect grabbed complainant around the throat and tried pushing her into his car.”
Referring to the second alleged incident, at 3:15 a.m., police stated: “while inside Bottoms Up, suspect grabbed her by the arms and tried forcing her out of the bar.”
Authorities declined to say earlier this month whether they believed Kane, 24, who is 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, was alleged to be intoxicated.
The sources told The News that Kane is alleged to have tried to engaged the bar’s bouncer in a physical confrontation.
“The bouncer told him to knock it off,” one of the sources said of Kane’s alleged harassment of the women. “He put his hands on the bouncer, who could have crushed him, but the guy didn’t want to hurt him. It’s all on tape.”
Sources have also told The News that several of Kane’s teammates were present at the bar, but they were not involved in the incidents.
A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Kane was cleared earlier this year of any criminal wrongdoing after a sexual encounter involving a 20-year-old Buffalo area woman he met in a different downtown bar.
Cambria was asked if, in light of the latest developments, he expects Kane to remain with the Sabres.
“Why not?” Cambria said. “These are minor, non-criminal” charges. “The trespass is a non violent property allegation.”
Cambria said he expected Kane will appear in City Court to respond to the charges in the next “10 days or so.”