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Savage beating of man brings arrest of three

Three men are accused in the savage beating of a 37-year-old man on Sycamore Street at about 3 a.m. Wednesday in what police said was a gang assault.

Patrick Weaver, 37, of Walden Avenue, was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Erie County Medical Center. Police said the victim, whose feet were bound together with a bootlace, was kicked and punched repeatedly in the head and body. He suffered lacerations and possible fractures to his face and head, police said.

Darryl F. Errick, 57, and Daniel M. Walther, 48, both of Sycamore Street, and Martin J. Jackett, 50, whose address was unlisted, are charged with first-degree gang assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.


Woman allegedly raped while high early Sunday

A woman told Buffalo police she was raped by an unknown man over the weekend while she was high on crack cocaine and marijuana.

Central District police said the woman was leaving her friend's house when she accepted a ride from a man in a white, two-door car at about 4 a.m. Sunday.

The woman told police she was driven around for about 30 minutes when he pulled over on a side street off Niagara Street on the city's West Side. Police said the victim left the vehicle and began to walk away, but the man grabbed her from behind and pushed her to the ground.

The victim told police she fell onto the grass beside a sidewalk and in front of some houses, where he ripped her pants and shirt off and raped her. The man then got into his vehicle and drove away.

The victim was treated in Sisters Hospital. Buffalo police Sex Offense Section detectives were notified.


Woman on bicycle victim of attempted robbery

A Buffalo woman was riding her bicycle in the 600 block of Lafayette Avenue early Tuesday when two men knocked her off and demanded money at gunpoint, police said.

The woman was riding east on Lafayette at about 1:10 a.m. when two men walked into the street and confronted her, causing her to fall onto the street, Northwest District police said.

One men pointed a handgun at her and said, "Give me your money," and the woman replied that she had no money with her, police said.

At that point, the two men ran west on Lafayette toward Elmwood Avenue. The woman ran home and called police.

It was unclear if anything was stolen during the incident.


O'Connell Avenue man injured during fight

An O'Connell Avenue man suffered swelling that closed his right eye after he was hit in the face with a two-by-four during a fight Monday with his half brother, police said.

The victim refused treatment at the scene but told officers he would go to a hospital.

The fight erupted at about 8:30 p.m. in the victim's home in the Old First Ward.

Police said they have the name of a suspect but no arrests had been made.


Arrest made in assault of man in his home

Police have charged a Buffalo man with burglary and assault after he allegedly refused to leave a Duerstein Avenue man's home Wednesday, then beat him with an ashtray.

Terrence Cole, age unknown, came into the victim's home at about 2:10 p.m. and refused to leave, said police, adding that Cole then picked up a small metal ashtray and began beating the victim with it.

The victim said he lost consciousness, then awoke to see Cole punching him in the head and body, police said. Emergency medical responders said the victim refused transport to the hospital.


Motel operator charged with forcible touching

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Falls Boulevard motel operator Wednesday was accused of forcing himself sexually on an 18-year-old female employee, Niagara Falls police said.

Gurdarshan Moonga, 56, of the Niagara Falls Motel, was charged with forcible touching.

The victim, a city resident, told police she was hired June 30 to clean rooms at the motel.

The alleged crime occurred Wednesday morning as the victim was cleaning a motel room, police said. Moonga threw a $5 bill at the woman and apologized, police said.

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