NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two Niagara Falls residents are accused of invading a home in the city’s LaSalle Neighborhood on Sunday. Police say the pair cut phone lines, entered the home, and imprisoned two elderly females before stealing cash and jewelry.
Niagara Falls Police say on Thursday evening, they tracked down and arrested 38-year-old Jason Markovitz, and 38-year-old Erika Cooper. Both were charged with robbery and unlawful imprisonment among other charges.
Police say the pair woke up the women, and bound them with duct tape. Police believe the suspects were looking for pain medication, but couldn’t find any. Before leaving the home, they made off with cash, jewelry, and debit cards. After the robbery, one of the victims was able to escape and call 911 at a neighbors house.
News 4 spoke to Ryan Poole, a resident of the LaSalle Neighborhood.
Poole reacted to the invasion, saying, “It’s terrible, it was a family friend of ours actually, things like that happen, but I am not saying it’s a common thing, but it does happen, and it’s awful what happened.”
Police say the victims were not seriously hurt. Poole says, “To my knowledge, they are doing fine, they are shaken up obviously, but they are doing fine.”
Markovitz and Cooper remain in the Niagara County Jail without bail.