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May 18, 2014

BLOTTER: Police reports published May 18


Puerto Rican fugitive caught at Rainbow Bridge

On May 10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Rainbow Bridge encountered 44-year-old Josue Perez Ojeda, a citizen of the United States and resident of Rochester.

Perez Ojeda had traveled across the Rainbow Bridge, returning from a day of sightseeing in Canada. 

CBP officers conducted checks on Perez Ojeda and discovered an active arrest warrant from Puerto Rico from 1997. The warrant states that Perez Ojeda is wanted for rape and gun charges.    

Once CBP officers verified the warrant and confirmed extradition, Perez Ojeda was arrested by CBP and subsequently turned over to the custody of the Niagara Falls Police Department for extradition to Puerto Rico.



• DWI: John B, Semrau Jr., 23, 2645 Niagara Road, Niagara Falls, was charged with DWI, refusal to take a breath test and three counts of criminal mischief/reckless property damage greater than $250 about 3:15 a.m. Thursday, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were called to the area of Riverview Drive early Thursday morning for a report of a driver hitting mailboxes. Lewiston police located the car first but it refused to stop when they activated their patrol cars' emergency lights and sirens. The driver, Semrau eventually stopped on Riverview Drive and fled the car on foot but was caught a short distance away. Semrau, who was determined to be intoxicated, said he had been driving to Ransomville from the Falls but became lost. A passenger in the car, Anthony M. Safee, 20, 8914 Hennepin Ave., Niagara Falls, was charged with resisting arrest after he tried to punch one of the responding officers and had to be physically restrained.


• ROBBERY: Sheriff's deputies responded to the 7-Eleven on Ward Road about 11:50 p.m. Thursday for a hold-up alarm. The clerk was outside the store when they arrived and said the same man that robbed the store on April 9 had just robbed it at again. The clerk said the man was carrying what appeared to be a gun in his right hand when he entered the store. The clerk gave the suspect $60 from the register and the suspect fled on foot down Ward Road. The clerk said he thought the suspect lived a few houses down the street from the store. The matter is being investigated.

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