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Trying to stop the Heimlich maneuver; Woman reportedly yelled, 'Let him die'

Amherst police may think they've seen everything, but they've now arrested a 68-year-old woman accused of trying to stop someone from performing the Heimlich maneuver on a man in a crowded Niagara Falls Boulevard restaurant.

The incident occurred June 18, a Saturday night, when a 43-year-old man was choking and someone began to perform the Heimlich maneuver on him.

"Leave him alone. Let him die," the woman reportedly yelled out, according to police reports.

She then allegedly tried to grab the phone from a restaurant employee who was calling 911, police said.

Emergency officials responded to the 911 call, but by then, the man was fine.

Following a week of investigation, Amherst Police Special Victims Unit Detective Ed Bailey charged Rolaine Foigelman, of Montrose Avenue, Town of Tonawanda, with endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.

Police would not identify the victim or discuss any relationship between him and Foigelman, other than to say they know each other.

The woman denied making the comments or trying to interfere with the 911 call, but detectives took statements from a dining room full of people.

Ten days after the incident, investigators still are scratching their heads over the possible motive.

"I don't think there is any explanation for this behavior," Detective Lt. Joseph LaCorte said Monday.

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