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POLICE & COURTS - Southern Tier

3 held in kidnapping, assault of teen

JAMESTOWN -- Police said they have arrested three people who kidnapped and attacked a man shortly before 1 a.m. Monday at Bergman Park.

Michael Hillman, 18, of Barker Street, Felix Figueroa, 18, of Franklin Street, and Shawn Nichols, 20, of Cross Street, were charged with robbery, unlawful imprisonment and conspiracy. Police said a fourth person is being sought for questioning.

Police said Justin Carlson, 19, of Sprague Street, was part of a drug deal gone wrong, and was abducted in an attempt to extort money from his friends.

Police said Carlson was kidnapped near West Third and Monroe streets. Carlson, who was beaten by the suspects, was later treated in WCA Hospital, police said.


Police seek information in vehicle break-ins

Cheektowaga police want to know if there were any more petit-larceny victims, following the arrest of two 16-year-old boys accused of breaking into cars on Woodridge Avenue and Roycroft Drive over the weekend.

Police responded to the area late Saturday night, alerted by an owner who heard his car door slam shut as he sat inside his house on Woodridge. As officers searched the area, they were approached by a resident on Roycroft Drive who said his car also had been broken into.

During the search for the thieves, an NFTA patrol unit spotted two youths who ran as soon as the patrol car turned around. One of the teens dropped his wallet, which was found by police, leading to his arrest at his home. The other suspect was found in the Cleveland Drive area.

Officers David Filipski and Dana Cadwallader charged both 16-year-old boys with petit larceny. Police did not release their names because they could be granted youthful-offender status.


Man in fair condition after being shot

An 18-year-old man was listed in fair condition after he was shot early Tuesday as he sat in front of his Goodyear Avenue home, police said.

Wayne Bryant, of the 400 block of Goodyear, suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He was being treated in Erie County Medical Center. Ferry-Fillmore District police said an unknown person fired several rounds at Bryant at about 4 a.m. and drove away. The vehicle headed west on Genesee Street.

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