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Falls man, 31, accused in ex-girlfriend's assault

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police arrested a Third Street man Friday evening, accusing him of breaking into an ex-girlfriend's 23rd Street apartment and beating her.

Elliott Perham, 31, was charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault and menacing, city officers said.

Officer Nicholas Granto said Perham climbed through a dining room window in the 20-year-old woman's apartment, punching her in the head and then ramming her head into a wall, damaging the drywall in the process. The victim was not seriously injured, according to reports.

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Cash believed stolen in bank holdup is found

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two U.S. Postal workers found several bundles of money Friday afternoon, cash believed to have been stolen the day before in a holdup of the M&T Bank branch at 750 Main St., city police said.

The money, consisting of bundled $20 bills, was found discarded in the middle of the street and in a yard in the 1100 block of Niagara Avenue at 1:30 p.m., police said. Dye packs had exploded in each of the bundles, marking the bills as having been stolen from a bank.

The two postal workers told police that a suspicious van occupied by two women passed by the area as they were contacting police to report the discovery. The van then sped off. Police have made no arrests in connection with the robbery. An investigation continued Saturday.

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Residents terrorized during home invasion

NIAGARA FALLS -- At least five armed and masked men broke into a 16th Street residence early Friday, terrorizing three occupants for some 20 minutes before fleeing with nearly $1,000 cash and other property, city police said.

Police said one of the victims heard a loud crash about 2:30 a.m., seconds before several men burst into his bedroom and confronted him and his wife in their bed. Another resident was struck with a handgun during the home invasion, causing minor injuries.

A wallet containing $975 and credit cards was stolen from one of the victims, police said. Officers arrived after the robbers had fled, finding a door broken off the hinges, apparently from being kicked in.

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2 face larceny charges in Buffalo Avenue arrest

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two men were arrested Friday afternoon when a resident of a Buffalo Avenue apartment complex contacted police to report a man checking doors inside the building.

When police arrived at the building in the 8300 block of Buffalo Avenue shortly before 3 p.m., they found 24th Street resident Michael Brown, 27, in the parking lot and quickly determined he was wanted on a domestic violence warrant, reports said.

Brown was charged with second-degree burglary, petit larceny, harassment and unlawful imprisonment.

John W. Rossman, 29, of 13th Street, was arrested on larceny charges, Officer Joseph Casale reported.

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Broken door gives entry to Cedar Ave. burglar

NIAGARA FALLS -- A burglar took advantage of a door damaged during a previous break-in to burglarize a Cedar Avenue residence, police said.

Sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, the residence was entered through a door that does not close properly. Property stolen during the break-in included a cellular telephone, several compact discs, $40 in cash, some gold jewelry and various prescription medications.

Total loss was estimated in excess of $1,000.

Also Friday, police said a burglar forced open a door of a Grand Avenue apartment before stealing an estimated $650 worth of belongings. Items missing from the home included a video game system, several pairs of sneakers and five hats.

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