LOCKPORT – A love triangle led to a home invasion and a subsequent shooting, a prosecutor said Tuesday as the alleged shooter was arraigned in Niagara County Court.
Bail was set at $50,000 for Donald Rodgers Jr., 21, of Cudaback Avenue, Niagara Falls, who pleaded not guilty to second-degree robbery and second- and third-degree assault in connection with the home invasion. He also denied four counts of first-degree robbery and single counts of first-degree assault and aggravated criminal contempt relating to the shooting of Jeffrey Crockett in the victim’s home.
Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said that on Sept. 11, Rodgers and another man, Sharod Gulley, 17, of Ontario Avenue, entered the home of Rodgers’ ex-girlfriend, who had taken up with Crockett, and robbed and assaulted him. Gulley is to be arraigned Friday.
Hoffmann said Crockett was shot in the arm, suffering permanent nerve damage, when Rodgers allegedly entered Crockett’s home Oct. 18. The prosecutor said a cellphone was stolen both times, and money also was taken during the shooting incident. The woman later broke up with Crockett, investigators said.