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Condition of 96-year-old robbery victim improves from fair to good at ECMC

Buffalo detectives continue to work on leads after a 96-year-old city man was seriously injured during a home invasion and robbery Saturday at his East Side residence.

Meanwhile, Levi Clayton continued to recuperate Thursday from multiple injuries he suffered, including a broken jaw, during the violent early evening attack.

Clayton, a well-known church deacon, has been upgraded from fair to good condition at Erie County Medical Center.

Mayor Byron W. Brown said Thursday that investigators believe the three robbers who carried out the attack were well aware of what they could steal at the Longview Avenue home, where Clayton lives alone. The three males ruined two flat-screen televisions, tore walls in an apparent search for hidden money, and stole jewelry, hunting rifles, shotguns and a some cash, police said.

Detectives are using enhanced surveillance footage taken during the attack, and have information on the make and model of a vehicle that left the area after Clayton was beaten and robbed. Ellicott Council Member Darius Pridgen, pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church, said he is considering posting a reward for the arrest and conviction those responsible for the attack.

Police urged anyone with information to call or text the confidential tip call line at 847-2255.