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Buffalo man admits threatening former business associate

A Lemon Street man pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to threatening a former business associate in an effort to get money from him.

Terrell Mullen, 37, who had been indicted on seven charges ranging from kidnapping and robbery to fleeing a police officer, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of attempted robbery in the first degree before Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.

Mullen reportedly lured Mohammed Alamgir, 62, to a house on Mercer Street in December 2014 under the guise that the property was for sale. Once there, Mullen and an unknown accomplice forced Alamgir into a car, took his phone and wallet, and held a saw to his throat, threatening to kill him and his family if he didn’t come up with more money. The pair overreached by trying to “collect rent” from one of Alamgir’s tenants, who became suspicious and called police.

Mullen has a prior felony conviction and faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced June 1.

Buffalo Police Detective Jerry Guilian and Officers Daniel Owczarczak and Paul Fitzpatrick worked the case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney James W. Mansour II.