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NIAGARA FALLS – Troublemakers aboard a chartered limousine bus may be connected to the robbery of a city cab driver early Saturday, police said.

Shortly after 1 a.m., police said, the driver of the Rochester-based limo bus contacted city police about a disturbance and asked that the teenage riders be removed. Police linking up with the vehicle in the 400 block of Niagara Street said the passengers initially refused to leave the bus. But seven officers, aided by several members of New York State Parks Police, managed to get all the passengers off the bus and into cabs that had been summoned. Further information about the disturbance was unavailable.

Authorities said the bus, which was capable of accommodating 42 passengers, was filled beyond capacity.

A short time later, a Grand Island man driving the cab was robbed near Seneca Niagara Casino after picking up eight teens, police said, The cabbie was punched in the head by two of the riders and robbed of $250 and his cellphone, police added. Police were reviewing casino surveillance tapes.

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