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January 12, 2014

Attempted robbery reported in Newfane

Staff reports
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — NEWFANE — The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary/ attempted robbery of a McClew Road residence late Saturday.

An adult couple called 911 shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday to report a man and a woman had entered their residence, in the 2500 block of McClew Road, through an unlocked kitchen door and demanded money.

The male suspect is described as white, appearing to be in his mid 20s, approximately 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 200 pounds, and having dark eyes. The male wore a tan button-down dress coat, a winter hat, tan dress gloves and a tan bandanna on his face. The homeowners said the male brandished a black handgun.

The female suspect is described as white, appearing to be about 20 years old, five feet eight inches tall and having a thin build. She was wearing a dark colored coat and a brown or tan dish towel over her face. She did not appear to be armed, the homeowners said.

After several demands for money, the suspects fled the residence without any money and ran towards the road, the sheriff's office said. The homeowners were not injured.

Several deputies and state troopers searched the area throughout the night and did not find anyone matching the descriptions. A sheriff's K9 followed a track that ended just north of the residence on the edge of McClew Road.

A reverse 911 call was placed to residences in the immediate area alerting them to the crime as a precaution, the sheriff's office said.

It is believed the suspects may have fled the area in a waiting car but that has not yet been confirmed.

Niagara County has experienced multiple armed robberies in the past three weeks and several extra sheriff patrols were on duty at the time of the call. It is not known if the incident is related to previous robberies of retail establishments.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 438-3394.