By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette — Falls police are looking for a suspect in at least a pair of armed robberies on Pine Avenue Monday night.
A 15-year-old boy told police he was walking in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue at 5:50 p.m., when he was approached by a man who was riding a black mountain bike with a malfunctioning chain.
The teen said the suspect asked him if his cell phone was activated and then demanded the phone. The victim refused to give up his phone and began to fight with the suspect.
After a brief scuffle, the suspect displayed what appeared to be a black, semi-automatic pistol and again demanded the victim’s cell phone. The victim still refused to give up his phone, but the suspect was able to snatch it from him and then fled south on Pine Avenue on the mountain bike.
Less than 10 minutes later, a 21-year-old man told police he was walking in the 2000 block of Pine Avenue when a man matching the description of the suspect in the first robbery, riding a black mountain bike, stopped him and asked to use his cell phone.
When the victim took his cell phone out, the suspect grabbed it and punched him in the face. The suspect told the victim, “I’m taking the phone.”
The victim began to fight with the suspect, who repeatedly hit him in the face. The suspect then fled north on his bike down Pine Avenue.
The first victim told police he saw the suspect again, after the time of the second robbery, talking to patrons of a store at 19th Street and Pine Avenue. The teen said when the suspect saw him, he again fled on his bike.
Investigators said the same suspect may also be linked to a third robbery in the Pine Avenue business district Monday night.
The suspect is described as a black male, with a short haircut and short facial hair, about 5-feet-7, weighing 150 pounds and between 25 and 28 years old. He was wearing a brown hoodie and blue jeans and riding a black mountain bike with a malfunctioning chain.
Anyone who may have information about the robberies or the suspect is asked to call Falls police detectives at 286-4553.