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TWO ROBBERIES AND ONE ATTEMPT BEING PROBED

Buffalo police are investigating two robberies and an attempted robbery that occurred Saturday in different sections of the city.

Police were called to the Stop-N-Gas location at 363 Hopkins St. just before 5 p.m. Saturday after the clerk was held up at gunpoint by unknown suspects.

Police reported that the suspects initially purchased a pack of cigarettes before returning to the store about five minutes later, displaying a handgun and demanding money.

Just over an hour later, a man reported to police that he was robbed at gunpoint by three males described as between ages 19 and 21 at 1997 Genesee St.

The suspects in that robbery forced the victim into his apartment and reached into his pockets, taking $500 in cash, a diamond ring, gold watch, jackets and other jewelry. The victim was then struck on the head with the pistol, police reported.

One of the suspects then fired two shots while in the apartment before fleeing in the victim's 1985 Oldsmobile. The vehicle was later found abandoned at 170 Kerns Ave.

Police were continuing to search for suspects in both of the robberies.

Earlier in the day, police arrested a 29-year-old Hagen Street man in connection with an 10:30 a.m. attempted robbery in a Doat Street deli.

James C. Davis was charged with felony attempted robbery and obstructing governmental administration after entering the Baria Deli, reaching over the counter and taking money from the cash register, police said.

The clerk at the deli grabbed Davis' hand and took the money back before contacting police, police said.

Davis was found about 30 minutes later, in a closet on Burgard Place, where he was taken into custody.

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