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>Home invasion suspect arraigned on 21 charges

Darnell J. Prude, whose arrest in a series of home invasions sparked complaints that police had failed to warn elderly residents that a serial home invader was at large in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, was arraigned on 21 felony counts Tuesday in Erie County Court.

Prude, 18, of Wyoming Street pleaded not guilty to the charges before Judge Thomas P. Franczyk, who kept Prude in the Erie County Holding Center.

An Erie County grand jury indicted Prude earlier this month on 11 counts of burglary, eight counts of robbery, a grand larceny charge and a first degree assault charge.

Assistant District Attorney Max Humann said the man attacked in a Sept. 21 home invasion on Rother Avenue suffered a fractured skull and a fractured rib among his injuries.

He said the crimes involved nine separate incidents from June 9, 2006, to September. One home on Mohr Street was struck three separate times. Prude, a Lafayette High School dropout, admitted the crimes after his arrest in October.


>Girl forced into vehicle, sexually abused by man

A 17-year-old girl was sexually abused by a man, armed with a knife, who forced her into his vehicle Monday night on Zelmer Street, between Doat and Block streets, police said.

The girl told her father that she was walking south on Zelmer at about 10 p.m. where she encountered a man who struck up a conversation with her, according to Ferry-Fillmore District police.

After about a 20-minute conversation, the man pulled out an orange utility knife and forced her into his older-model SUV, police said. The vehicle was described as gold or tan with a black stripe and two missing hubcaps.
The victim was treated in the emergency room at St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga.


>Group of teens attacks, robs man on West Side

A Buffalo man suffered cuts and bruises on his left knee and elbow Monday night when he was attacked by a group of teenage boys who robbed him of his wallet, police reported.

Central District police said the man was walking at Massachusetts Avenue and 18th Street about 8:15 p.m. when he was confronted by seven or eight teens, who were described as 16 to 18 years old.

The boys jumped him and stole his wallet, which contained $80, a credit card, a birth certificate and a Social Security card, according to police.


>Lewis St. resident finds intruder in bathroom

A 47-year-old Buffalo man went to investigate a noise inside his home at 4 a.m. Tuesday when he found an unknown man inside his bathroom, police said.

The intruder, who had broken into his home in the 100 block of Lewis Street, immediately shut the bathroom door and exited through the bathroom window, according to Ferry-Fillmore District police.

The intruder left behind a pair of blue and gray women's fleece gloves and a hypodermic needle kit, police said.

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