THE CRIME NF: September 11th, 2019, Edition of the Niagara Reporter Newspaper

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-Niagara Falls Police responded too 300 block of Prospect Street in the afternoon hours of Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019, after reports of a suspicious person. According to reports, there was a male wearing a ski mask and swinging a stick. The male ran from police once they arrived and was not apprehended thereafter. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to Woodlawn Avenue in the evening hours of  Monday, September 2nd, 2019, after one of the officers observed an agitated man retrieve a long gun from a pickup truck and aim it at two polie officers who had their backs to him. According to reports, the individual was detained and charged with two felonies for menacing a police officer and one count of disorderly conduct by creating a hazardous condition.

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 400 block of 15th Street in the evening hours of Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, for reports of menacing with a weapon. Upon police arriving at the scene, a vehicle with multiple occupants sped from the scene. Two males ran on foot cutting through multiple yards and hopping over various fences. Officers were unable to catch up with the two individuals but did recover a long gun along with one of the runners cellphone. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 400 block of 5th Street in the evening hours of Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, after reports of a stabbing. According to reports, two males were fighting. The person who was stabbed said that the altercation originally started after a glass bottle was shattered over his head. The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries that he sustained. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to 1st and Niagara Street in the afternoon hours of Friday, September 6th, 2019, to wake up a person who fell asleep while waiting for the light to turn green. According to reports, the man was fully asleep and appeared confused after being woken up. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 600 block of 26th Street in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 7th, 2019, after reports of a larceny to a vehicle. According to the victim, more than $2,000 in cash was stolen out of his vehicle. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to a 911 call in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 7th, 2019, at Robins Drive near the Ice pavilion for complaints of a group of women in a hammock smoking weed. Reports indicate no arrests were made as smoking weed is no longer illegal in New York. 

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the Dollar General located at 8735 Niagara Falls Blvd. in the evening hours of Friday, September 6th, 2019, to investigate reports of a man yelling threats and obscenities at customers. Officers said they found Brian L. Benjamin, of Pine Avenue, walking in the 9100 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard continuing to yell and make threats of violence. Police said that he also threatened them before being taken into custody. As if that wasn’t enough, after being transported to police headquarters he allegedly made a veiled threat and then flashed a knife-like object towards an officer while being removed from a police vehicle. Benjamin was charged with disorderly conduct, menacing a police officer and assault on a police officer.

-Niagara Falls Police responded to the 7-Eleven at 1504 Pine Avenue in the early morning hours of Sunday, Septemner 8th, 2019, after reports that a 19-year-old Niagara University student was “body slammed” to the ground. The victim told police that he was out drinking with friends and that after they stopped at a Portage Road doughnut shop around 4 a.m., he wandered off into the adjoining neighborhood. According to police reports, he said that a man approached him and a fight ensued during which he was body slammed. However, an employee of the 7-Eleven told police that the victim had been approaching people in the area trying to buy pills and eventually purchased some crack cocaine. Afterward, he entered the store and the fight ensued. The assailant then fled the scene.The victim, who was white, declined treatment and police were even able to confirm with multiple people he was drinking with that he had, indeed, consumed drugs. Despite all of the facts unfolding as they did, polie did not arrest the student but drove him back to his residence at Niagara University.

 

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