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>Victim of break-in ends up arrested

Sunday was a day Ricky J. Ricks probably would like to forget.

Just after midnight, two armed men barged into his home on Olcott Place in Cheektowaga, stole the television set, some other belongings and his car.

By mid-afternoon, Ricks had located the car on Tower Street in the Kenfield-Langfield Housing Development. When police arrived to investigate a report of six shots being fired, he was there trying to get the car back.

But then he got arrested. Officers William Small and Pamela Westbrook said Ricks, 22, had several packets of marijuana in his pants pockets.

The vehicle, police said, was impounded.


>Man in pickup robs woman of coat, $50

A West Side woman was robbed Friday by a motorist who stopped her at Grant and West Ferry streets and asked directions.

A man described as in his 40s opened the door his black pickup truck, grabbed the woman's coat, put a knife to her throat and slapped her. The assailant drove off with the coat, which contained $50 and prescription medication.

The woman said she was able to spot a telephone number on a business card inside the truck. She passed the information to police.


>Reward offered in case of Hertel Ave. slaying

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for the arrest and conviction of the killer or killers in a Hertel Avenue shooting two months ago.

Buffalo police said Luis Vazquez, 25, may have been an innocent victim, caught in the middle of someone else's fight. Just after 2 a.m. on Nov. 18, Vazquez was driving west on Hertel near Military Road when gunfire erupted.

Police said Vazquez was shot several times and was found lying in the eastbound lane of Hertel, with a pipe next to him. His car stood idling in the westbound lane.

Buffalo police Lt. Margaret Sack, Western New York spokeswoman for Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers, described Vazquez as a good father who worked two jobs and kept out of trouble.

He was last seen at a local bar at midnight Nov. 17, and police are trying to determine his whereabouts between then and the shooting.

Police are looking for two men wearing in dark coats and hats, one described as about 5-foot-10, the other one heavier and about 6 feet tall. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 856-5600.


>Victim, robbed of $67, shot during struggle

A 33-year-old Goodyear Avenue man was shot in the left thigh Saturday night on Nevada Street after he struggled with a robber, police said. He was listed in fair condition Sunday in Erie County Medical Center.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said the victim and another man were in the 100 block of Nevada at about 9:15 p.m. when an unknown man accosted them. Police said the assailant, armed with a gun, robbed the victim of $67, and when he struggled, shot him.


>Girl abducted by man on Langfield, raped

A girl was abducted and raped Sunday after a man forced her into a white, two-door car on Langfield Avenue, police said.

Northeast District police said the girl was walking on Langfield at about 1 a.m. Sunday when a man confronted her and drove her to a house, possibly on Arden Avenue.

Police said the man forced her into the house, where he raped her. When the man fell asleep, the victim ran to a family friend's home on Oakmont Avenue.


>Boy, 14, accused of firing handgun

A 14-year-old boy was charged with firing four shots into the air in Roosevelt Park after one of those bullets narrowly missed three children in a bedroom on Millicent Street, police said.

The juvenile, whose name was not released because he's a young offender, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

Northeast District police said the shooting happened at about 11:50 a.m. Saturday. A neighbor directed police to the 14-year-old's home. Officers questioned the juvenile and recovered a .38-caliber handgun in an upper bedroom underneath a dresser.

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