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Self-described racist reports being mugged

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man who acknowledges being a "white supremacist" and having past problems with a street gang told police he was jumped and robbed by two men early Friday.

The 20-year-old victim was "highly intoxicated" as he walked at Niagara Falls Boulevard and 56th Street about 3 a.m., police said. He reported that two men jumped out of some bushes and attacked him, fighting with him for several minutes.

During the altercation, the men stole $10 from the victim's pocket before fleeing, police reported.

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Drugging, rape linked to man from chat room

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 25-year-old woman told police she was drugged and raped Friday morning by a Lockport man she had met in an Internet chat room.

The victim told police she met the man a couple of weeks ago and recently invited him to her Walnut Avenue apartment. When he arrived, he immediately tried to force himself upon the woman, police reported.

During the ensuing altercation, the man forced several pills into the woman's mouth as he continued to try to rape her, according to police. The victim said she fell asleep as a result of consuming some of the pills, waking some time later to find the man gone -- along with her cellular phone and several DVDs.

The victim was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, according to police, who said they are seeking a 28-year-old man for questioning.

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Niagara car break-ins include 3 at aquarium

NIAGARA FALLS -- Several car break-ins were reported overnight Friday, including at least three in the Third Street parking lot of the Aquarium of Niagara, police said. Windows were broken out of the three cars, police said, and money and personal belongings were stolen. Victims included a North Tonawanda woman, a Lockport woman and a city resident.

Also reporting a vehicle break-in was a Pine Avenue man, who said his car was entered between 5 and 11:30 a.m. while parked behind his residence. A stereo system, a television set and two digital cameras were stolen at a reported loss of $1,800, police said.

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Video game systems stolen by Falls burglars

NIAGARA FALLS -- Video game systems were targeted in a pair of Friday burglaries, city police reported.

Someone kicked in a rear door and ransacked a Ninth Street apartment between 11 a.m. and 9:15 p.m., police said. In addition to a PlayStation 2 system, the burglar took a television, a stereo system and a surround-sound unit, police said. The loss was estimated at $1,100.

A PlayStation 2 system was also taken in a burglary at a 21st Street residence, police said. Someone entered the home through a bedroom window between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., also taking a laptop computer, seven video games and a GameCube system. The loss in that break-in was estimated at $960, police said.

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