Niagara Gazette


May 2, 2014

Salesmen charged after trespassing at deputy superintendent's Niagara Falls home


Niagara Gazette — Rizzo told both men not to leave the area and that they were being detained, When the pair began walking away from him, he called for back up.

“The guy who came into my house said he didn’t care if I called police, because he had a (peddler’s) permit,” Rizzo said. “I told he didn’t have a permit to come into my house.”

Patrol officers arrived on the scene and took both men into custody. When an officer asked the suspect from Rizzo’s home, Dashawn Gill, 20, 2211 Fillmore Ave., Apt. 2, Buffalo, why he went into the house, he replied, “I didn’t think anyone was home.”

That response was a concern for both Rizzo and DalPorto. 

“We’ve had some burglaries in the North End that we’ve been investigating,” DalPorto said. “In light of what happened, we’re looking at these suspects in connection with some of those recent burglaries.”

Gill was charged with second-degree criminal trespass for entering Rizzo’s home. The other suspect, Michael L. Mason III, 18, 11 Midvale Ave., Buffalo, was charged with not having a peddler’s license.

“We want to make residents aware of what’s going on,” Rizzo said. “No one (selling energy services) had been licensed (for door-to-door sales). If these people come to your home, don’t even open the door. Call the police.”

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