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Raid nets heroin, guns; Hampshire St. man charged

A narcotics raid Monday on the West Side netted about a half-ounce of potentially lethal heroin and two guns, and also resulted in the arrest of one man, Buffalo police reported.

Authorities conducted a raid late Monday afternoon in the lower apartment at 193 Hampshire St.

Police said they found a quantity of heroin with the brand "UPS," which has been suspected of being mixed with a horse tranquilizer and has resulted in deaths nationally.

The heroin was being sent to the police laboratory for testing to determine if it was cut with the additives, officers said.

Besides the drugs, also seized were a .38-caliber handgun and a .22-caliber long gun that was loaded and defaced.

The raid, which culminated a two-month investigation, was led by narcotics unit detectives and Northwest District officers.

Arrested was Jorge Perez, 33, of Hampshire Street. Police said he was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon.


Multiple charges include attempted sexual act

An 18th Street man faces various charges in connection with his alleged attempt Monday morning to force a female victim into oral sex, according to Buffalo police reports.

Steven L. Hubbard, 34, is accused of felony attempted criminal sexual act as well as misdemeanor counts of menacing and assault for the alleged 6 a.m. incident.

The victim told police Hubbard put a gun to her head and demanded oral sex. She said Hubbard also pushed her down during the attack, resulting in a cut to her hand.

Hubbard was arrested a short time afterward by Central District police.


Stabbing victim, 20, listed in fair condition

A man stabbed in the city's Kensington-Bailey area on Saturday afternoon was listed in fair condition Monday in Erie County Medical Center.

Jonathan Thomas, 20, of Millicent Avenue, said he was in a vehicle near Davidson Avenue and Orleans Street just before 6 p.m. when another man opened his car door, according to police.

The attacker demanded keys and jewelry, and when Thomas said no and swung at him, the assailant pulled out a knife and began stabbing him, according to a police report.

Thomas was stabbed in the chest and the left buttock, and suffered a cut on his left forearm.


Driver thrown from car and killed is identified

BUSTI -- Police have identified the driver who was killed after he was ejected from his vehicle Saturday morning in this Chautauqua County town.

Austin D. Niles, 20, whose last permanent address was East Elmwood Avenue in Falconer, was declared dead at the scene on Forest Avenue.

Niles was driving a Pontiac Firebird at a high rate of speed north toward Jamestown at about 6:20 a.m. when he began to drift off the road, said Lakewood-Busti Police Chief John Bentley.

Niles' car went into the ditch on the side of the road, and the car flipped when Niles overcorrected trying to come back on to the road, police said.

He was thrown from the vehicle.

Police believe alcohol played a role in the crash, said Bentley, adding that Niles was not believed to be wearing his seat belt.


Group of girls assaults pregnant woman, 32

Buffalo police said they were called to the scene of an altercation between a group of juvenile females and a pregnant woman Sunday night.

The pregnant woman told police a group of girls assaulted her at about 8 p.m. in the 400 block of Perry Street.

The 32-year-old woman, who is 8 1/2 months' pregnant, was then accused of throwing a glass in the face of a 14-year-old girl, the girl's mother told police.

The glass caused a large cut on the girl's right forehead, according to a police report.

No one was charged immediately following the incident. The pregnant woman went to the emergency room of Buffalo General Hospital for treatment.


3 gunmen tie up victim, ransack his apartment

Buffalo police seek three men who tied up an Adams Street man at gunpoint in his apartment early Monday.

The incident happened between 2 and 5 a.m. on the 100 block of Adams, between William and Howard streets.

The victim told police three men confronted him at gunpoint, tied him up and then ransacked his apartment. The men took five credit and bank cards, two hydroponic growing systems and a stereo, he told police.

Two of the assailants left the apartment, apparently to try to withdraw money from the victim's bank account. After being unsuccessful, the men returned about 10 to 15 minutes later and ordered the victim to tell them his PIN numbers at gunpoint.

All three of the attackers then left, leaving the victim tied up. He freed himself a short time later and called police. The victim suffered a cut to his head from being pistol-whipped and a swollen nose and mouth from being punched. One of the attackers was referred to as "B," while another was called "J.W.," police reported.

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