>Driver robbed, forced to take bandit to store
A Buffalo man was robbed Monday night by a man armed with a knife who stole $100 and forced him to drive to a Grant Street store, police said.
Northeast District police said the victim was was backing out of his Glendale Place driveway at about 6:40 p.m. when a man, dressed in a charcoal gray jacket and black pants, knocked on his passenger-side window. When the victim opened his window, the robber asked, "Do you hate black people from New Orleans?"
He then jumped in the vehicle, ordered the motorist to drive and asked him for money. Officers said the robber told him to get on the Scajaquada Expressway and get off at Grant Street. The victim complied, handed over his cash and dropped the robber off at Wilson Farms on Grant Street.
>Man pistol-whipped, robbed and shot at
A Buffalo man was robbed, pistol-whipped and shot at early today as he drove through the drive-through window section at the McDonald's restaurant at 262 Grider St., police reported.
Northeast District police said that at about 12:15 a.m. the victim was confronted by three men -- one of whom held a silver handgun and wore a mask.
Police said the gunman smashed the driver's-side window with the handgun, reached into the vehicle and struck the man on the left side of his forehead and back of his head.
He ordered the victim out of the car and took $40 from him. The other two men then began shouting, "Shoot him."
Police said the gunman fired a single shot at the vehicle, striking the rear bumper, before the three men fled.
>Deliveryman escapes bat-wielding attackers
Two assailants, armed with a baseball bat, tried to rob a food deliveryman Monday night while he was dropping off an order to a house in the 400 block of Dodge Street, police said.
Ferry-Fillmore District police said the victim works for Ying's Wings & Things Bar, 2309 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda. At about 11:20 p.m., the victim was driving along Dodge when he was approached by two men wearing black hoodies and jackets.
Officers said one of the men took a baseball bat and smashed the window of the victim's vehicle. The man drove away before the assailants could open the door.
>HSBC Bank robbed on Bailey Avenue
An HSBC Bank branch at 3107 Bailey Ave. was robbed shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, Buffalo police reported.
A teller told police that a man in his 30s approached her and held a note to the glass stating he had a gun and to "give him what she had."
The teller handed over cash and a dye pack to the robber, who fled.
The robber was said to be wearing a short brown and black windbreaker.
>12-year prison term imposed in shootings
A Buffalo man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his conviction on charges linked to random shootings outside a community center last summer.
David R. Harper, 22, of Hollister Street, was sentenced late last week by State Supreme Court Justice Joseph S. Forma on his pleas to felony weapons and drug-possession charges.
The charges stemmed from the firing of a high-powered pistol outside JFK Community Center during a nonviolence rally July 21.