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VICTIMS OF ASSAULT, ROBBERY BOTH REMAIN HOSPITALIZED

The elderly Town of Tonawanda couple terrorized in their home over the weekend remained hospitalized today in Erie County Medical Center, one in serious condition, the other in fair condition.

The 78-year-old husband, who was pushed down the basement stairs in the attack, was listed in serious condition in the medical center's intensive care unit today, a hospital spokeswoman said. He had been listed in critical condition Tuesday night, with serious rib and internal injuries.

His 76-year-old wife, who suffered some kind of an attack during the robbery and assault in their Grosvenor Road home Sunday, was listed in fair condition.

Benjamin Kozak, 25, of Burns Court, Town of Tonawanda, accused of pushing the man down the basement stairs and stealing his wallet and credit cards, was charged with first-degree counts of assault, robbery and burglary. He surrendered to Town of Tonawanda police Monday.

Police said Kozak had done yard work and other odd jobs for the couple.

"I would characterize it as a brutal act," Detective Todd Ciehomski said. "We have a case of this man preying on elderly people who had some level of trust with him."

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