Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Two crimes in the city of Amherst have residents and business owners concerned.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2007, Amherst Police Officers were approached by an employee from Olde Towne Pizza who said two black males just robbed two of his employee's at gun point while at the rear of the business. The two unknown black male suspects then fled the area on foot.

The victims told Officers that they had just clocked out of work and were taking the garbage to the dumpster located behind the Pizza Shop and noticed two black males wearing black hooded sweatshirts with their hoods up and dark colored bandanas over their faces walk towards them from Lincoln St. According to the victims, one of the black males, described as 6'0 to 6'2 skinny build, late teens or early twenty's in age, displayed a black revolver handgun and pointed it at the victims ordering them to empty their pockets. The other male suspect, who victims stated was dressed similarly and was approximately 5'8 to 5'9 inches tall, stood in front of them also holding a revolver handgun in his hand, but did not point it at them. The victims told Officers that they complied with the orders and emptied all the items in their pocket. The males then fled the area on foot northbound. Police say that there were no shots fired and no other injuries reported.

Officers check the area for the suspects but were unable to locate them. Police say that additional information was obtained and this incident is being investigated by the Detective Bureau.

On Monday, September 24, 2007, around 10:30 p.m., Amherst Police Officers were dispatched to Milan Ave. in reference to a hit skip complaint in which the caller advised one of the males in the suspect vehicle fired a shot from the vehicle towards their direction.

Upon further investigation, Officers learned that four subjects, who were at a house on Milan Avenue across from City Hall sitting on the porch, witnessed a Honda Accord or Civic pull into a parking space of the old police station. Witnesses tell Police that the vehicle contained three males, two of the males were described as black wearing baggy clothes with a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, and a white male wearing a red and white jersey style shirt with blond hair.

After a few minutes, witnesses say that the driver began to back out of the parking space and struck the witness’s vehicle. After noticing his vehicle was struck, the witnesses began walking towards the suspect vehicle to make contact with the driver. It was at this point the driver of the Honda quickly exited the parking lot and traveled eastbound onto Milan Ave. at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle sped away witnesses yelled to the driver to stop. Then the black male driver of the suspect vehicle stopped just prior to the five point's intersection and then stuck his head and arm out of the window at which time all four subjects heard a gun shot. The driver then fled the area eastbound onto Cleveland Ave.

Officers searched the area for the vehicle but were unable to locate it. The vehicle was described as a silver or tan in color ‘95 to ‘96 year model Honda Accord or Civic.

There were no injuries reported at the time of the call. The Amherst Police Detective Bureau is following up on this incident.

If anyone has any information relating to either of these incidents please contact the Amherst Police Department. (440) 988 2625


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