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>Man trying to rob bank leaves empty-handed

A man attempted to rob the Citibank at 409 Main St. on Monday morning, police reported.

Central District police said the man entered the bank at about 9:30 a.m. No weapon was displayed, and the man left empty-handed. Witnesses said the robber ran east across Lafayette Square. Bank employees told police they recognized the man and said he has tried to rob the bank before.

A bandit held up the bank Feb. 24.

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>Attack during robbery leaves victim injured

A Buffalo man was hospitalized early Monday after he was attacked by three men during a robbery at Clinton Street and Roberts Avenue, police said.

The victim suffered a possible broken nose, swollen eye and head injuries. Rural/Metro Medical Services paramedics transported him to Mercy Hospital for treatment.

South District police said the man was walking west on Clinton Street at about 2:20 a.m. when a blue late-model car pulled up and three men got out and demanded money.

The victim ran, the men caught up with him and dragged him from behind.

It was unclear if anything was stolen.

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>Man in dark clothing shoots 3 on William St.

Three Buffalo men were shot Sunday morning at William and Hickory streets, police said.

Pharoah C. Sanders, 28, of Eagle Street, was listed in fair condition Monday in Erie County Medical Center.

The two other gunshot victims, Ray Lewis, 24, of West Delavan Avenue, and Charles E. Gwynn, 38, of Donaldson Road, were both treated in ECMC and released.

Central District police said the three men were walking east on William Street at about 2:20 a.m. when an unknown man, wearing dark clothing, shot them.

Police said the gunman and a second man fled in a white sport utility vehicle. Officers found three 9 mm gun casings at the scene.

On Feb. 23, 1997, Sanders and Gwynn were among five people arrested after Sanders allegedly fired a shot at a police officer investigating drug activity at 421 Hickory St.

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