Niagara Gazette

April 21, 2013

BLOTTER: Police reports published April 21

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Falls

• ROBBERY: Police are investigating a reported robbery which occurred at 6:15 a.m. Saturday at a laundromat in the 9500 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. An employee, a 28-year-old woman, told officers she was asked by a white male if she could provide change for a $1 bill. When she opened the register, she said, the man reached over, grabbed a handful of money, which she estimated to be $20, and ran for the doorway. She said he dropped a dollar bill at the exit before making it through the door and fleeing east on foot. A witness to the event told police the man was about 5-foot-11 and weighed about 165 lbs. He said the man was wearing a light-colored camouflage jacket and black and white sneakers.

• FIGHT: Officers were called to a large fight which broke out between 2:30 and 2:45 a.m. Saturday at a lodge in the 3000 block of Highland Avenue. A bartender told police the fight occurred on the second floor and involved 15 people. Three victims reported injuries from the fight at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. A 36-year-old woman said she was at the bar with some friends when a 26-year-old woman approached them and started yelling. The victim said she tried to avoid trouble, but the 26-year-old hit her over the head with a bottle. In the ensuing fight, a 37-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man both said they were injured resulting in lacerations during the fight, which they both claimed they were trying to disperse. All three reportedly sought treatment.

• ARRESTS: A pair of men were arrested following a report of an unsafe driver called in to police between 7:50 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, concerning a vehicle in the 8700 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. David Ross, 50, 4512 Simmons Road, Ransomville, was charged with driving while intoxicated and Stephen Hansen, 47, 3351 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, following a traffic stop. At the scene, police reported Ross was asked to perform two field sobriety tests and failed both. Hansen, a passenger, meanwhile, questioned police about a search of the vehicle. After being transported to headquarters, officers report Ross registered 0.15 percent blood alcohol content in a test, which was administered one hour after being stopped.

• ROBBERY: Police are investigating a reported robbery which happened at 8:30 p.m. Friday in an apartment in the 1900 block of Cudaback Avenue. The victim, a 36-year-old man, said he entered his apartment and was met by a man standing next to the door, who threw him into a nearby chair and held a knife to his throat. The man then searched the victim and was able to take $300 cash from his pockets. He then left the apartment and fled in a white vehicle, traveling north on 19th Street. A witness confirmed the victim’s story, while police reportedly observed a 3-inch long mark on the victim’s throat, which they believe may have been caused by the knife. The man was described as a white male, medium build, 6-feet tall and weighing about 200 lbs.

• THEFT: Officers are investigating a reported theft which occurred at 6 p.m. Friday at a general store in the 8700 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. The store manager said he observed a woman conceal multiple packages of panty hose, valued at $2.99 each, and multiple watches, at $10 each, into a bag and attempt to leave the store. When confronted, she reportedly fled to a silver vehicle, got in and it drove away. The manger was able to retrieve the vehicle’s plates, but police report no success locating it.