Niagara Gazette

January 1, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Jan. 1

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

— Niagara Falls

• SHOOTING: Police are investigating a report of an assault Saturday in the 1800 block of South Avenue Reports indicated that officers were called to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Saturday night where they interviewed a male victim who told them an unknown suspect entered his vehicle, pointed a handgun at him and said “give me your money.” The victim told police his dog was in the vehicle at the time of the incident and he yelled his dog’s name, prompting the dog to begin barking, startling the suspect. 

The witness said the suspect then raised his gun to the victim’s face at which point the victim said he grabbed the gun and a tussle ensued. The victim told police two shots went off inside the car and he instantly felt a burning sensation to his left arm. The victim said he released his hold on the suspect’s gun and was able to open his driver’s side door and roll out onto the street. The victim said the suspect exited the vehicle and walked to the trunk of the car and stood there for a few seconds before running in the middle of the street, east towards 22nd Street before running back toward the victim and firing two more shots in his direction. The victim described the suspect as wearing a ski mask and a sweater or fleece jacket, tan or yellow in color. 

Reports indicated that the victim did suffer a gunshot wound to his left arm and his left index finger did have an enter/exit wound from a possible small caliber gun and also a wound to his forearm of the same arm. He also suffered a superficial wound to his left pectoral, according to reports. The victim received medical treatment at NFMMC. The incident remains under investigation. 

• LARCENY: Officers are investigating a motor vehicle larceny that occurred in the 3700 block of Highland Avenue sometime between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The victim told police that his vehicle was parked in the parking lot of a building in the area when someone shattered the front, passenger-side window and removed a stereo system from the dashboard. The value of the loss was listed at $200. 

• DISTURBANCE: Officers were called to the scene of a large fight just after midnight Sunday at a restaurant in the 6500 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. Reports indicated that by the time police arrived the instigating parties had left the premises. Security guards on scene reported that a group of three males were throwing pizza and, when asked to stop and leave, one of them attempted to strike another individual on site. Security physically removed the males out of the business at the time, according to reports. No one was injured during the incident. 

• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: Police are investigating a report of motor vehicle damage that occurred at 3:40 a.m. Sunday. Reports indicated that a woman living in the 2100 block of Main Street was in her apartment at the time of the incident when she heard the sound of glass breaking outside. The victim said she looked out her window and observed a male suspect walking away from her vehicle. Upon further inspection, she told police that she found the front, passenger-side window of her vehicle smashed out and a cinder block inside the car. Officers checked the area but did not locate the suspect. Damages were listed at $200.

• LARCENY: Police were called to a hotel in the 200 block of First Street for a report of a motor vehicle break-in. The victim told police that sometime between 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday someone broke a window on his vehicle while it was parked in the hotel parking lot and removed two GPS systems and a portable DVD player. Total loss was listed at $550. 

• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a report of a burglary that occurred at a home in the 700 block of 15th Street sometime between 10 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Sunday. The victim told police someone shattered a glass window on the south side of his garage and stole several items, including tools and a knife. Total loss was listed at $1,600. 

• BURGLARY: A man living in the 4800 block of University Court reported the theft of several items from his apartment Sunday. According to reports, the victim told police that he returned to his apartment following Christmas break on Sunday to find a broken window on the rear of his building and several items missing from his home, including a 24-inch, flat-screen television and an XBox 360 game system. Total loss was listed at $600.