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Purse robber sentenced to 10 years

A South Buffalo man vowed Tuesday to write a motivational book after he completes the 10-year prison term Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio imposed for the knifepoint robbery of a Buffalo nurse and for wounding a police officer two years ago.

Jason Caminero, 33, of Ryan Street, pleaded guilty as charged to first-degree robbery and resisting arrest charges on the eve of trial for the December 2009 incidents. He told the skeptical judge he wants to put pen in hand to "share my experiences with others" to keep them on the straight and narrow.

The judge told him she hopes he writes the book "because if you save one person, it's worth it."

But the judge imposed the stiff prison term for what she called Caminero's "serious and violent" attack on a Veterans Administration Medical Center nurse as she was coming home from church with her 16-year-old daughter about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2009 on Hayden near Seneca streets.

Prosecutor Patrick B. Shanahan said the nurse struggled with Caminero even after he threatened her with a knife. He then dragged her down the street with her daughter punching him until he was able to pull her purse away, Shanahan said.

Buffalo police Detective John McGrath and Lt. Dan Burke found that Caminero had used the nurse's stolen credit cards to make purchases hours after the robbery. They tracked him down by looking at store surveillance videos.

When police came to his home to arrest him two days after the robbery, Caminero tried to flee and badly bit Burke's right hand. Burke missed about six weeks of work due to the injury, the prosecutor said.

A subsequent check showed Caminero had been placed on probation after he pleaded guilty in a Buffalo robbery case in 2000, Shanahan said.

The nurse's stolen purse, credit cards and cell phone were never recovered and because of the attack she and her daughter moved out of Buffalo, the prosecutor said.

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