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Kidnap try averted in Sanborn

A man awoke to find a strange man in his bedroom Thursday morning. He ordered the resident to leave the house and threatened that he had a gun, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The intruder appeared "highly intoxicated" and had climbed in through a window of the home in the 5900 block of Ward Road, deputies said.

"There was no connection between [the residents of the home and the man], and we are not sure why he went into the house, other than he was highly intoxicated," Undersheriff Michael J. Filicetti said.

Turhan E. Clause, 21, of Saunders Settlement Road, was arraigned later Thursday in Lewiston Town Court on charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping and third-degree menacing. Justice Hugh Gee ordered Clause held in the Niagara County Jail on $10,000 bail.

The 35-year-old victim told deputies he was awakened at 3 a.m. to find Clause standing over him. The resident said Clause told him he had a gun in his pocket and to come outside with him. The victim said he went reluctantly and that he believed Clause was carrying a gun because something was clinking in Clause's pocket.

Filicetti said the resident never saw a gun, and no gun was recovered by deputies.

The man's 30-year-old wife said she was awakened by talking and at first she thought the suspect was a friend of her husband's, but her husband told her he didn't know what was going on and said he was being kidnapped. The woman told deputies she talked Clause into going outside first and that she and her husband then locked the door behind him and called 911.

Deputies found Clause, who was wearing a black hoodie and baseball cap, walking south in the 6100 block of Ward Road. He was described by deputies as "highly intoxicated and belligerent." He was identified by the couple and arrested.

Deputies found an open window in the Ward Road home, which they believed was likely used to gain entry.