LOCKPORT - A Town of Lockport man pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Wednesday to an indictment accusing him of robbing and assaulting elderly women outside a restaurant on consecutive nights.
Matthew B. Biles, 31, of Knotty Pine Drive, is charged with first-degree robbery in connection with a Nov. 4 mugging outside Cammarata's Restaurant on Robinson Road in Lockport, and with third-degree robbery stemming from a Nov. 5 attack at the same eatery.
Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the injuries in the first case were more severe, leading to the more serious charge. The Nov. 4 victim was an 87-year-old woman who suffered a broken arm and a possible broken nose, State Police said at the time.
The State Police in November honored Daniel Bronson, a 21-year-old Lockport resident and quarterback of the University of Rochester football team, for tackling Biles after a foot chase into a nearby mobile home park after the Nov. 5 incident, which was described as a purse-snatching case with a 73-year-old victim.
Biles was held in lieu of $100,000 bail.