New Era Cap CEO charged after parking lot altercation
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The head of the company that makes baseball caps for the country’s biggest sports leagues was arraigned on a felony charge Monday in Buffalo, New York, after allegedly driving his vehicle toward his girlfriend’s ex-husband during an argument over the weekend.
New Era Cap CEO Christopher Koch, 61, was released without bail after appearing in City Court on a felony reckless endangerment charge.
New Era is a Buffalo-based company that supplies caps for Major League Baseball and makes official on-court and sideline caps for the NFL, NBA, and NHL.
The judge also issued a prohibition on contact for the victim, whose identity was not released. John Flynn, the Erie County District Attorney, later identified him as the ex-husband and girlfriend of Koch.
Koch was accused of driving towards the ex-husband on Saturday after he got out of his car in a Buffalo restaurant parking lot. Flynn stated that the man injured his hand as he tried to avoid being struck. The prosecutor stated that Koch then struck the man’s car, causing damage to the passenger side.
Koch, the attorney, refuted this account.
“Clearly there was a traffic accident, however, we firmly believe based upon the evidence that Mr. Koch committed no criminal acts whatsoever. Aaron Glazer, who is representing Koch along with Paul Cambria Jr., said that the rest of the matter will be settled in court.
A spokesperson for New Era didn’t respond to an email request for comment.
A WIVB police report stated that Koch was pulling his SUV from the parking lot when the man pulled up in his pickup truck. According to the police report, the man approached Koch’s vehicle “in order to fight the defendant” and stated, “Let’s solve this like men.”
“Defendant then recklessly drove his vehicle toward victim,” the report said. “Victim rushed out of the way and suffered only a minor injury to the right hand.”
Flynn told reporters the ex-husband went to the restaurant because he knew his former wife was there.
” “It wasn’t a chance encounter,” he stated.
Koch is due back in court May 25. Maximum seven years imprisonment is possible for the charge.
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