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April 29, 2014

Assault suspect sought

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Lockport Police are looking for a suspect in an alleged assault that took place Tuesday afternoon at Chestnut Street Laundromat.

The suspect is described as a black man between the ages of 18 and 25, dressed in black sneakers, baggy, torn blue jeans and a royal blue hoodie. Any person with information should contact Lockport Police at 433-7700, said Chief Larry Eggert.

Eggert said the victim was doing her laundry when the suspect walked into the building at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The suspect reportedly began punching the victim and escaped after the exchange lasted a few minutes. Lockport Police, Niagara County Sheriff's deputies and New York State Police were called and began looking for the suspect.

There doesn't seem to be any evidence of a motive yet, police said.

"This was a random crime of opportunity," Eggert said.

A K-9 unit from the Sheriff's Office was called in to track the suspect, leading authorities to another laundromat on Pine Street. A man fitting the suspect's description was seen, but the search was ultimately unsuccessful Tuesday.

The victim was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital, suffering with some broken bones and contusions. She was alone in the laundromat at the time the suspect showed up, Eggert said.

But, Chestnut Street Laundromat has some excellent video surveillance of the suspect which police are reviewing, Eggert said. And police have reason to believe, because of Tuesday's heavy rain, the suspect may have entered a number of businesses throughout the day.

"We don't know for sure, but the rain may have caused him to frequent a other businesses," Eggert said. "We know he came from downtown."

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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