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Two teens rob couple of SUV at gunpoint

Two Buffalo teens are being held for stealing a couple's sport utility vehicle at gunpoint. They ended up crashing it into another vehicle minutes later on Donovan Drive.

Officer Shellie Maraschiello, who got word about the vehicle theft, saw the two suspects drive it into a parked car on Donovan Drive shortly after they stole it. Officers Darryl Williams and Alphonso Wright arrested the teens after tracking them down to the bedroom of a nearby house.

The suspects are charged with first-degree robbery, criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and menacing for allegedly forcing a man and woman out of the SUV at gunpoint about 10 a.m. in the first block of Leslie Street.

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Security guard indicted in killing of stepson

The security guard accused in the bludgeoning death of his 10-year-old stepson has been indicted by an Erie County grand jury on a single count of second-degree murder.

Ali Mohamed Mohamud, 40, is scheduled to be arraigned before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns Tuesday morning on the charge that he killed Abdifatah "Abdi" Mohamud, April 17 in their Buffalo home.

Mohamud is being held in the Erie County Holding Center.

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Driver in hit-and-run promised a year in jail

LOCKPORT -- A driver who ran over a pedestrian in Niagara Falls and dragged him about 500 yards beneath his pickup truck will be sentenced to no more than a year in jail because of the defendant's own brain injuries, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said Thursday.

She made the commitment as Christopher A. Ridgeway, 50, of Niagara Avenue, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a serious injury accident without reporting, a charge that could have brought Ridgeway a four-year prison term. Sentencing was set for Aug. 24.

Ridgeway was struck by a car in 1999 and suffered serious head injuries.

"In fact, he was even declared brain-dead at one point," Farkas said. Doctors examined Ridgeway in the past month and concluded he would have been competent to stand trial.

Ridgeway drove onto the sidewalk on 13th Street in the Falls Sept. 1, running over Walter Garris, 50, of Ransomville, who was dragged three blocks.

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Man accused in beating, choking of woman in home

A Mayer Street man is being held on assault and other charges for allegedly beating and choking a female friend in his home during an argument Wednesday night.

Carbinale H. Hunter, 30, was arrested at his home by Officer Adam Stephany and charged with third-degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment following the incident.

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Buffalo man, 42, accused of pistol-whipping woman

An Avery Avenue man was charged with assault and other charges Thursday in connection with a pistol-whipping and shooting incident last weekend on Tonawanda Street.

Sam Carson, 42, was charged by Detective Margaret Dragone and Officer Adam Stephany at D District headquarters with unlawful imprisonment, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief for the incident.

Police are continuing to look for two other men in connection with the attack.

Carson and his two accomplices allegedly forced a woman into a maroon SUV, where she was pistol-whipped and beaten. Carson also is accused of attacking a male victim in his SUV, smashing its windows.

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Police seek to identify robber from bank video

Buffalo police are trying to identify the man seen on bank surveillance video robbing another man who was using the M&T Bank ATM on Grant Street late Wednesday night.

After the victim took money out of the ATM, the robber -- believed to have been armed -- demanded money and fled.

Police are asking for anyone with information to call the police confidential Tipline at 847-2255.

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Two men held in gun threat to sisters on Auburn Ave.

Two Buffalo men are being held for allegedly threatening two West Side teenage sisters with a rifle and damaging one of their cellphones during an early morning incident Thursday on Auburn Avenue.

Marcus C. Tookes Jr., 21, of Auburn Avenue, and Edward Brown, 19, of Leroy Street, were separately captured by Officers Michael Doctor and Michael Long as they tried to flee through yards on Breckenridge and Arnold streets shortly after midnight.

Both were charged with obstructing governmental administration and the officers found Brown was already wanted on a New York State parole violation warrant for a Buffalo conviction several years ago.

Tooke was also charged separately with third-degree assault, second-degree menacing and criminal mischief for allegedly punching one of the girls and allegedly threatening them with either a rifle or shotgun that the officers did not recover.