Niagara Gazette

November 5, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published Nov. 5

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Falls

• ARMED ROBBERY: Falls police were called to an Amherst hospital early Sunday morning where a 22-year-old man reported he was attacked by four young men who beat him up and took his cell phone. The victim said he was walking in the 400 block of Fourth Street, near the corner of Niagara Street,  about 12:30 a.m. Sunday when the incident occurred. A hispanic man wearing a blue winter jacket approached him from behind and forcibly turned him around while pointing a black handgun at him. Three other men approached them and began punching and kicking the victim. While he was on the ground, the men took his iPhone and wallet. The victim added that he was with a girl he recently met on the online dating site "Plenty of Fishes" and she seemed to know the men who attacked him and left the area with them.

• ROBBERY: A 50-year-old man told police he was attacked by a man wearing a ski mask who threatened him with a knife, punched him in the face and took $500. The victim said he walked into his apartment at Packard Court and was attacked by the man, who was waiting inside. The victim said the suspect was able to get in the apartment because his front door does not lock properly. The victim he was attacked in a similar way on July 5 and believes it's the same person.

• BURGLARY: A prisoner being held at the Niagara Falls Municipal Complex reported to police that someone took a rifle and shotgun he had in his room while staying at a Niagara Falls Boulevard hotel. The man said one of the guns was under a bed and the other was under his pillows. He said he found a bathroom window open. When asked why he didn't report the theft sooner, the man replied, "I didn't have time."

Town of Lockport

• HARASSMENT: Christopher J. Ford, 32, 617 19th St., Niagara Falls, an inmate at the Niagara County Jail, was charged with aggravated harassment of a jail employee on Thursday. Ford reportedly threw a cup containing an unknown yellow liquid on a nurse who was giving inmates their medication in the jail infirmary. The liquid was believed to be urine and the nurse was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport, the sheriff's office said.

• BURGLARY: An employee of Sweet Angels Daycare reported to the sheriff's office on Monday that several items were removed from her office sometime over the weekend, including a desktop computer monitor and $500 cash. The case was forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

• LARCENY: Ashley Jo Bowers, 20, and Brandy Semon, 20, both of 3962 Lockport-Olcott Road, were charged with third-degree criminal tampering, fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny Saturday. The women are accused of vandalizing a town man's vehicle, by throwing eggs and chocolate syrup on and inside the vehicle while it was parked in the lot at Family Dollar late Friday. They're also accused of taking the man's wallet from inside the vehicle and taking a set of winter vehicle tires and rims from outside the man's home, according to the sheriff's office. The woman admitted to the vandalism of the car and the taking of the rims and tires but not the man's wallet. The tires and rims were returned to the victim by a relative of one of the women on Sunday, the sheriff's office noted.


• DWI: Scott P. Andrews, 48, of Lockport, was charged with driving while intoxicated Sunday. New York State Police said Andrews was arrested on Campbell Boulevard and released to a third party.