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Busti Avenue man pleads guilty to raping two women

A Buffalo man who admitted to raping two women at his Busti Avenue residence in the fall of 2015 faces five to 25 years in state prison when he is sentenced Nov. 3 in State Supreme Court.

Aaron Lucas, 38,  pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree rape before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller.

Lucas forced the women to engage in various sexual acts by means of fear and coercion, according to the Erie County District Attorney's office. During their investigation, Buffalo police detectives seized several weapons from Lucas' residence, including a sword, a gun and a machete.

District Attorney John J. Flynn commended the team in the lengthy investigation. He said they included the Buffalo Police Department’s B district officers who responded to the calls and provided assistance; Detectives Judy Walker and Natalie Perez;  Criminal Investigator Mary Gugliuzza; the sexual assault nurse examiners at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, who provided care to the traumatized victims; and District Attorney Victim Advocate, Nicole Haffa.

Assistant District Attorney Bethany A. Solek in the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau prosecuted the case.

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