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Buffalo man admits role in break-in at house where teacher was terrorized

A Buffalo man and two accomplices broke into an East Side home last year, planning to rob a purported drug dealer who they thought lived there.

It turned out they had the wrong house, and the armed men terrorized a teacher who lived there alone.

The alleged dealer lived two houses from the teacher’s home on Blake Street.

James Williams, 23, of East Eagle Street, last week admitted his role in the May 14 break-in as he pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree burglary.

He faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced May 18 by Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Williams and the others forced their way into the home around midnight, pulled a gun on the frightened woman and went through the house looking for “a guy who had been there earlier,” Sedita said.

Finding no one, they drove away in a black Jeep. A neighbor who saw them get into the Jeep with guns in their hands called police. Officers found the Jeep and when they tried to pull it over, the men took off at high speed that ended on Girard Place, where the Jeep hit two parked cars.

Williams was apprehended with a knife he used to cut a window screen to get into the home, Sedita said, and footprints in the bathtub below that window matched his shoes.

Raymond J. Alston, 31, of Hill Street, is charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. The third man has not been found.