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Would-be car thief punches women to get vehicles

Buffalo police charged a man in connection with two separate incidents where he assaulted a woman and tried to steal a vehicle.

The first happened just after 7 a.m. on Saturday in the 800 block of Lafayette Avenue. The suspect is accused of approaching a woman and punching her in the face, police said. He tried to drive off in a 2008 Mitsubishi before being stopped by the victim and two other civilians.

The second attack happened a short time later in the 1200 block of Delaware Avenue. The suspect is accused of approaching another woman, smashing her in the head with a bottle and punching her in the face. He took off in her 2005 Buick, before crashing it into a sign.

Police arrested Courtney Allen, no age or address available, on numerous charges, including robbery, harassment, assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Allen was jailed at the Erie County Holding Center.

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