A Lockport man was charged with attempted robbery after he allegedly displayed a handgun while trying to steal a woman's purse late Tuesday morning following a traffic incident in North Buffalo, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said.
And the victim, Jeanneie Muhammad, who identified herself at a press conference wants the DA to also charge him with a hate crime.
The incident took place at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday on Sanders Road and Colvin Avenue.
Muhammad said she was stopped behind Jeffrey Calhoun at a light when she "bumped" into the back of his car and he confronted her.
Calhoun, 62, is accused of trying to steal the woman's purse and also grabbing her, biting her left arm and throwing her to the ground. A video of the incident has been circulating on Facebook, which shows the man displaying a silver revolver.
Muhammad said he threw her to the ground three times and called her the "n" word.
The DA's Office is still investigating the incident, a spokesperson said.
Calhoun was arraigned before City Court Judge Amy C. Martoche on one felony count of first-degree attempted robbery, one misdemeanor count of second-degree menacing and a violation of second-degree harassment. He is scheduled to return to court on July 22 and was being held on $75,000 cash or property bail.
If convicted on all charges, Calhoun could face up to 15 years in prison.