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>Scream scares away robber outside store

A Buffalo woman's scream frightened off a robber who had tried to hold her up at knifepoint just after 10 p.m. Saturday, outside the Wilson Farms store at 2458 Delaware Ave., police report.

A man in an aqua-colored hat, who had followed her from the store, held a knife and demanded her wallet. When she screamed and ran back into the store, the robber ran east on Tacoma Avenue, police reported.

Police said the robbery attempt might show up on the store's surveillance video.


>Volunteer's wallet stolen while she serves food

A Clarence Center woman was serving food inside a church on the city's West Side over the weekend when a thief stole her wallet, Buffalo Police said.

The woman was inside a church at 346 Bird Ave. when someone stole her wallet from her purse sometime between 5:10 and 5:40 p.m., according to Northwest District police. The wallet contained $50, 15 credit cards and a debit card.


>Two mugging victims describe similar assailant

Both victims in separate muggings early Saturday said the gunman wore a gray hooded sweat shirt and ordered them to empty their pockets.

The first was at West Ferry and Niagara streets at 12:35 a.m. The second was 10 minutes later near 187 Grant St.

The second victim's description of the robber was more complete: A light-skinned black man about 25 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing a light gray hooded sweat shirt took a debit card, keys and a cell phone, then knocked the victim to the ground and kicked him in the face.


>Stabbed with box cutter, man is in critical condition

A Buffalo man was critically injured Saturday night after he was stabbed in the neck with a box cutter in the Ellicott Street rooming house where he lives, police reported.

Phaya Thepsombandith, 51, underwent surgery and remains in the trauma intensive care unit in Erie County Medical Center.

Thomas J. Mills, 26, who also lives in the rooming house, was stopped by police near the corner of Chippewa and Ellicott streets. He was charged with first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. The motive for the stabbing remains unclear.

Records show that Mills has nine convictions in Buffalo City Court for crimes including assault, harassment and leaving the scene of an accident.


>Police say teen pushed officer, incited crowd

A Buffalo teen was arrested on numerous charges early Sunday after he pushed a police officer onto the hood of her patrol car and incited a crowd of about 80 people to surround her, police reported.

Mark L. Emerson, 16, of Roebling Avenue, has been charged with assault on a police officer, inciting a riot, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and five counts of disorderly conduct.

Emerson allegedly confronted Northeast District Officer Dawn Lopez when she responded to a fight call in the 2000 block of Main Street about 1:40 a.m. Police said Lopez tried to disperse the crowd and told Emerson to leave the street corner, but he refused. Police said Emerson fought with Lopez, but assisting officers helped her handcuff and subdue him.


>Woman reports injury from being body-slammed

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman suffered a possible ruptured disc in her lower back after being body-slammed to the floor during a recent domestic incident, police said.

The 46-year-old victim told police that she was assaulted about three weeks ago, following an argument with a man. She did not immediately realize the extent of her injuries and did not report the incident until Saturday. She was advised to seek a warrant for the man's arrest.

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