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