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Woman armed with hammer is one of series of armed robberies reported in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS – The Niagara Falls Police Department received three robbery reports on Tuesday, two of them by armed assailants, including a woman with a hammer who robbed a convenience store. The incidents are not believed to be related.

In the hammer incident, a clerk at a convenience store on Pine Avenue told police the woman was white, about 35 to 40 years old, 5 foot 8, 130 pounds, wearing a green hoodie and black trousers.

She followed him into the store from his smoke break, put a shopping bag over the lower part of her face to disguise herself from security and demanded money.

The clerk said the woman kept her hand on a hammer sticking out of her pocket, and told police she never pulled it out, but he felt threatened.

He handed over $30 in cash from the register, five packs of cigarettes and $940 worth of $20 lottery tickets. The woman then fled the store.

Another robbery was reported just before 6 p.m. Tuesday on East Market Street.

A 58-year-old Niagara Falls man told police that three juveniles approached him as he walked and demanded money. He said that when he refused, the three struck him, knocking him to the ground as he pleaded with them to stop.

One of the suspects took his wallet from his pocket, removed $72, and then threw the wallet to the ground before they fled toward Elmwood Avenue. The victim was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to be treated for rib pain and scratches.

Another armed robbery was reported just before 9 p.m. in the First Niagara Bank parking lot at 805 Main St.

A 61-year-old Niagara Falls man said two men, one armed with a black pistol, robbed him of his wallet, which contained $40, his First Niagara card and driver’s license. The men fled into an alley.

Anyone with information on these cases can contact the Niagara Falls Police Department at 286-4711.

Police also reported an arrest Tuesday in an attempted armed robbery from last week.

William D. Brown Jr., 20, of 19th Street was arraigned Wednesday in Niagara Falls City Court on a charge of attempted second-degree robbery. He was held on $5,000 bail, and ordered to return to court Monday.

Brown allegedly approached a Niagara Falls man while he was getting gas, just before 10 p.m. last Thursday at a gas station on Ferry Avenue.

The victim told police that Brown had his hand in his pocket, as if he had a gun, and demanded cash. The victim said that in response, he put his hand in his own pocket and threatened him back, but then Brown pulled out what appeared to be an actual handgun.

Brown fled before taking any cash when a passenger in the victim’s car started calling the police.