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Man posing as female prostitute attacks undercover police officer

An undercover prostitution sting on the city’s East Side last week turned into trouble for a Buffalo police sergeant who thought he was picking up a woman.

The detective was in a car on Broadway around 12:45 p.m. on July 3 when he saw what appeared to be a woman flagging down cars. He pulled onto Peck Street and asked “if she wanted to party,” according to a Buffalo police report.

The apparent prostitute got in the vehicle, stuck a hand down the undercover sergeant’s trousers and asked him if he was a police officer, the report said. She also put her other hand into his pants pocket.

The sergeant said he felt like he was being raped and robbed.

As the “woman” grabbed something from the detective’s pocket, he grabbed her hand. That was when she pulled out a blue-handled screwdriver and the two began to struggle in the front seat of the vehicle.

When other detectives arrived, the attacker – who had also pulled a $20 bill from the detective’s pocket – tried to flee.

It wasn’t until after the arrest that police discovered the attacker was actually a man – 28-year-old Elijah R. Simmons.

Simmons had a glass pipe in his back pocket with crack residue, according to the report.

Simmons was charged with first-degree robbery, forcible touching, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and obstructing governmental administration.

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