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Niagara Falls man beaten, robbed by intruder in his home

NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls man was beaten and robbed by an armed attacker who had climbed in the victim’s house through a second-floor window.

The 24-year-old victim told police Monday that a man armed with a handgun had climbed through his unsecured second-story bedroom window in the 1700 block of Elmwood Avenue at 3:20 a.m.

The victim said the intruder tried to choke him and then put the gun to his head, demanding money and his cell phone. He handed over $400 in cash and a $300 cell phone. He said the suspect hit him in the head multiple times with the handgun, then jumped out of the window and fled.

The victim said he was able to find someone to drive him to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated for cuts and swelling and then released.

The attacker was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants. The victim told police he believes the man may have stacked garbage cans to climb into the window and officers found three garbage cans underneath the window with blood on the siding, as well as a large amount of blood in the bedroom.