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Attack at Falls hotel leads to brief standoff

A brutal attack that led to a brief police standoff outside a motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard ended peacefully when a suspect surrendered and was arrested on multiple charges.

The victim of the attack, a 29-year-old woman who lives on 24th Street, suffered an eye injury, cuts and bruises to her face, arms, neck and legs, and she told police the suspect choked her. She said he had a gun.

Because of the viciousness of the attack Saturday night and the report of a gun, police established a perimeter around the Pelican Motel, 6817 Niagara Falls Blvd., and summoned their emergency response team, and the Fire Department and an ambulance to be on standby.

After a few tense moments, the emergency response team broke a motel window to establish communication with the suspect, who was inside.

A few minutes later, police said, the suspect walked out the front door with his hands held up, and he was arrested.

There were no injuries during the negotiations, and no shots were fired.

A search of the motel room failed to produce the gun that was alleged to have been used in the assault, and no weapons charges were filed. The search did, however, turn up a quantity of marijuana, according to a police report.

The suspect, Beauford W. Weaver Jr., 37, of North Avenue, was charged with third-degree assault, third-degree menacing, possession of marijuana and third-degree aggravated sexual abuse.

e-mail: rbaldwin@buffnews.com

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