Niagara Gazette


November 14, 2013

Falls police eye third suspect in robbery spree


Niagara Gazette — “Captain (William) Thomson, who is leading the investigation, feels that there will be arrests made in upcoming weeks,” said Deputy Police Superintendent Kelly Rizzo.

In the process, police have interviewed numerous witnesses and victims of the robberies, though Frenchy’s Pizzeria employees were only within the vicinity of the robbers for brief seconds before fleeing — a fact that the employees now can laugh at.

“As I am walking to the front counter, before I even could put my (pizza delivery) slips in my box, I see these two guys in masks. As soon as I see them, they raised their guns. When I saw that, I instantly turned around and sprinted out the back door like lightning,” employee Joe recalled with a chuckle. “As soon as I got through the door, I leaped over the 8-foot fence that was blocking my way from getting into the yard next door. I felt like Superman. My adrenaline was pumping so hard from what I saw; I swear it gave me super powers. This was the scariest thing I have encountered (or) been a part of in my entire life.”

As the two the masked men stood there holding their guns, which police believe were rifles or possibly shotguns, the customers at the front counter just stood there with their hands in the air, frightened and frozen. They didn’t move at all. They didn’t say a word.

No one was physically attacked or injured in any of the robberies, though the robbers did sufficiently scare employees at 7-Eleven and Dairy Queen into handing over the cash.

“Put your hands up, (expletive),” one of the masked robbers told a 7-Eleven employee as he pointed his rifle at an employee’s face, according to police reports. “Don’t press any buttons and give me all the money in the register.”

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