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Niagara Falls police have close encounters three times with same man in one night

A 45-year-old Niagara Falls man was involved in three different police calls Friday following a night of drinking.

Officers first encountered him at 8 p.m. at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where he claimed he was the victim of an assault in a bar. However, at the bar, a couple told officers that the "victim" had made advances toward the wife and, when he was rebuffed, he struck the woman, prompting the husband to punch the victim in the face. Other bar patrons confirmed the story.

Around 10 p.m. officers were called back to the bar, where the "victim" had returned and kicked in the glass to the front door, causing an estimated $1,000 worth of damage, before he left.

At 11:34 p.m., police were called to the 1300 block of Vanderbilt Avenue, where a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck had struck a guard rail after apparently running a stop sign. There was no one inside the vehicle.

A short time later, the owner arrived at the scene, saying a man borrowed the vehicle earlier, accompanied by her fiance, who was the bar assault victim. Moments later, the fiance arrived at the scene, heavily intoxicated and uncooperative, police said.

Since his involvement in the crash could not be proven, he was released and the vehicle was impounded. An investigation into the bar vandalism is also ongoing.

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