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Man beaten, robbed in West Seneca home invasion

A home invasion and robbery Sunday night left a West Seneca man beaten and bloodied, after two people broke into a Bellwood Avenue home and threatened to kill him and his young daughter.

The victim, who was not identified, suffered a severe head laceration in the attack, which began at about 11 p.m. when Gabrielle Olejniczak-Allen, 19, of Buffalo came to his home to borrow money, said West Seneca police, who did not say if the two were acquainted.

Robert Lansberry, 27, of Niagara Falls, identified as Olejniczak-Allen’s boyfriend, then climbed through a first-floor window and attacked the victim, hitting him on the head with a bowl and threatening his life, police said.

Olejniczak-Allen and Lansberry fled with cash, a cellphone and cigarettes. Both were arrested later, with Lansberry caught in Niagara County and Olejniczak-Allen in Buffalo.

Lansberry was charged with robbery, burglary and assault. Olejniczak-Allen was charged with petit larceny. Both were arraigned before Town Justice Jeffrey M. Harrington. Olejniczak-Allen was released on her own recognizance and Lansberry was sent to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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