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Mugging victim was no friend of lying suspect

NIAGARA FALLS – A city man probably wasn't expecting his victim to chase him down Saturday after he stole her wallet outside a Pine Avenue bank.

The 66-year-old woman, also a city resident was going to use the ATM at the Bank of America at 1900 Pine Avenue just before 2 p.m. As she was inserting her card to open the bank doors, she felt a tug on her purse, then heard a woman across the street yell that a man had just stolen her wallet.

The thief ran toward an alleyway behind the building before stopping to go through the wallet, not knowing that his victim was in close pursuit. She confronted him and demanded that he return the wallet, which he did – minus a small amount of cash and some credit cards – before fleeing again. Officer Scott Warme was patrolling nearby and made only two quick turns before coming upon the suspected robber in a rear lot. Warme said that the suspect ignored requests to get on the ground and refused to take a hand out of his pocket, forcing Warme to arrest him at gunpoint.

Steven T. Carlisle, 48, of B Street, at first claimed he was "just fooling around'' when he robbed the woman, then said that he thought she was a friend of his. He was charged with three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny.

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