Police probe casino robbery attempt
Falls police are searching for two suspects who approached multiple Seneca Niagara Casino patrons in a series of attempted robberies.
Officers said they responded to a robbery call in the casino's Sixth Street parking lot at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, officers found a 41-year-old woman who had been pepper sprayed.
The woman told police she was walking to her car, parked in the second row of the lot by the casino hotel, when two male suspects approached her. One of the suspects asked her for change and the victim said as she looked in her purse she heard a "spray" sound and felt a burning sensation around her face and eyes.
The victim said one of the suspects then tried to grab her purse, but she was able to pull it back. She told officers she began yelling at the suspects and they fled.
A pair of witnesses to the attempted robbery told police they had also been approached by the suspects. A female witness said the suspects asked her for change and she gave them $2.
Her husband then confronted the two men, described as "skinny white males", and told them to leave his wife alone. Moments later, they heard the victim's screams.
The witnesses said they saw the suspect running south on John Daly Boulevard.
A third witness told police the suspects approached him as he was sitting in his car and also asked him for change. The witness said he told the suspects to, "Get lost," and then saw them confront the female victim.
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