Hamburg man charged with attempted murder for stabbing Lake View


BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — A Hamburg man was charged with murder Friday morning. He is accused of stabbing and killing a 25-year-old man in Lake View in the early hours of July 10.

Jared M. Adamski, 26, of the Village of Hamburg, faces one count of second degree murder and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

The charges date back to July 10, when Adamski allegedly stabbed Brenden Benoit, 25, of Boston, NY, multiple times in his upper leg, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. The incident happened in a wooded area near Heltz Road.

Benoit was pronounced dead at the scene.

The prosecutor’s office also arrested two other people Friday morning in the case under the theory of accomplice liability.

Harrison J. Drozen, 20, of North Carolina, formerly of the Village of Hamburg, has been charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of tampering with physical evidence. Kayleigh A. Skybyk-Schuh, 19, of the village of Hamburg, was charged with one count of first-degree manslaughter and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Two other residents of the village, Connor E. Krone, 22, and Elexus Dean, 20, were indicted by a grand jury. Dean is scheduled for arraignment on September 19 and Krone on September 21. A sixth person was charged in the case, but the grand jury did not indict them.

It is alleged that Skybyk-Schuh and others drove the victim to the crime scene with the intention of luring him into the wooded area, the prosecutor’s office said. Adamski, Drozen and Krone would have been hidden and ready to attack.

When Benoit got out of the vehicle, he was allegedly punched by one of the men. Benoit tried to escape the attack by getting back into the vehicle. That’s when Adamski stabbed the 25-year-old multiple times inside the vehicle, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Adamski, Drozen and Skybyk-Schuh are behind bars without bail. It is not yet known when they will be back in court.

If convicted on the highest count, Adamski and Drozen could spend 25 years to life in prison. Skybyk-Schuh could spend a maximum of 25 years locked up.

Patrick Ryan is an award-winning digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.


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