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Buffalo teen charged with Falls robbery spree

LOCKPORT – A Buffalo teenager was held without bail after his arraignment Wednesday in State Supreme Court on an 18-count indictment that accused him of committing four strong-arm robberies in as many days in Niagara Falls.

In one of the attacks, on a deaf woman and man, the woman’s arm was broken as Edgar J. Mills, 18, of Purdy Street, allegedly grabbed her purse March 15.

The other robberies, according to Assistant District Attorney John N. Philipps Jr., included the March 12 beating on 12th Street of a woman walking home from Seneca Niagara Casino; a purse-snatching in the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center parking ramp the same night, in which a woman was hurt when knocked into a wall; and a March 14 attempted robbery of a man on a street. Hayes and an unidentified accomplice allegedly ran away when a car drove past, Philipps said.

Mills was arrested in a house on memorial Parkway, where police found a red jacket the victims said their attacker wore. He also gave police a false name, Philipps added. In at least two of the incidents, Mills allegedly brandished a paintball gun as if it were a real firearm.

Police also charged Mills with breaking a window on a City Mission van March 15 and stealing chocolate Easter eggs, but that wasn’t included in the indictment.