THE CRIME NF: January 8th, 2020, Edition of the Niagara Reporter Newspaper

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-Niagara Falls Police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle, originally out of Buffalo, in the morning hours of Monday, December 23rd, 2019, after receiving a tip from Sirius XM Radio who had tracked the vehicle near Tops on Portage Road. When police attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver immediately took off at a high rate of speed. Police followed the vehicle until it came to a stop at the 700 block of 13th Street at which time the driver jumped out of the car and fled. A New York State Trooper who was in the area with his K-9 assisted police. Two out of three passengers in the vehicle were detained. 

-Niagara Falls Police, Fire and Ambulance responded to 19th and Walnut Avenue in the early morning hours of Tuesday, December 24th, 2019, after reports of shots fired. According to police, at least one individual sustained serious injury and was transported to the hospital for treatment. 

-Niagara Falls Police and Fire responded to the 600 block of 19th Street outside of the Coastal Gas Station around midnight on December 24th, 2019, after reports of a drive-by shooting that left one victim in serious condition.

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the Valero gas station at 19th and Ferry Avenue in the afternoon hours of Tuesday, December, 24th, 2019, after reports of a stolen vehicle. According to witnesses, a man wearing a ski mask pushed the victim away from her vehicle and then drove off almost running her over.

-Niagara Falls Police responded to an Airbnb in Downtown Niagara Falls on Tuesday, December 24th, 2019, after a South African family told police that all of their belongings – and Christmas presents for their children – were stolen from inside of their Airbnb. A TV was stolen from the home as well as one of the guest’s insulin. Police are continuing to investigate the incident but do not have any leads at this time. The owner of the Airbnb promised a reimbursement to the family for their stay and belongings that were stolen. 

-Niagara Falls Police and Fire responded to the 1000 block of Colvin Blvd. in the afternoon hours of Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, for reports of shots fired. Once arriving at the scene, police discovered that one individual sustained a gunshot wound to the hand.

-Niagara Falls Fire responded to the alley between the 1700 block of Whitney and Pierce for a detached garage fire. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the City Market in the early morning hours of Friday, December 27th, 2019, after reports that a female was robbed at knife-point. After receiving information regarding the suspect’s appearance and the direction that he headed, Niagara Falls Police were able to locate an individual matching the description. After seeing police, the suspect took off running and officers began to pursue on foot. Police were able to catch him and take him into custody on the 600 block of 22nd Street. The suspect was then transported back to the City Market where a positive identification was made by the original suspect. However, the suspect said he was only one of four who robbed her. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 3100 block of Highland Avenue in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 28th, 2019, after reports of a double shooting. According to police, several hours after gatherers left the vigil event remembering Jessie Richardson, multiple gunshots were heard. Minutes later, police were informed that two gunshot victims arrived at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Police later located the scene of the shooting on the 3100 block of Highland Avenue where at least thirty shell casings were found.

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 8000 block of Rivershore Drive on Cayuga Island in the early morning hours of Tuesday, December 31st, 2019, after reports of a vehicle break-in. According to the 911 caller, he was inside his home when he heard a car door slam outside so he became suspicious and went to investigate. Upon going outside, he saw an unknown white male standing next to his truck. The caller then asked what he was doing at which point the male fled on foot towards the bridge. The caller, realizing his vehicle had been broken into, pursued him on foot to West Rivershore where the suspect jumped in the river attempting to swim to Buffalo Avenue. The caller told police that he saw the man struggling to swim against the current, and probably the cold temperature, and calling for help. The caller lost sight of the suspect while attempting to flag down police vehicles. The caller did not think the male made it out of the water and he was last seen in the water around the LaSalle Yacht Club. Niagara Falls Police, Niagara Falls Fire, Border Patrol and NYS Parks Police searched the area with the assistance of the Coast Guard who used a rescue boat. The male has not been found. 

 

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