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Tonawanda man accused of using sword in robbery

A City of Tonawanda man used a sword to rob a man Wednesday morning during a dispute over crack cocaine, according to police.

William D. Harris III, 47, of Fletcher Street in the City of Tonawanda. (City of Tonawanda police)

William D. Harris III, 47, of Fletcher Street in the City of Tonawanda. (City of Tonawanda police)

City of Tonawanda police charged William D. Harris III, 47, with robbery, weapons possession and drug possession after a night that Harris told police involved smoking crack with two other people.

An argument ensued after Harris discovered someone pawned a bracelet of his earlier in the evening in order to buy more crack cocaine, police said. That's when Harris got an 18-inch katana-style sword out of a closet and robbed another man in the apartment of cash, according to authorities.

Police found several crack pipes in the apartment and also charged a North Tonawanda woman with drug possession.

Police charged Harris with first-degree robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, grand larceny, third-degree menacing and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Harris was arraigned and held for a felony hearing, police said.

Rachel A. Battaglia, 31, of North Tonawanda was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. A judge set her bail at $2,000.

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