Tourist testifies against Niagara Falls assault suspect

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A Japanese tourist is being credited with helping to build a case against a man suspected of violently robbing her after she got lost and asked for directions during a visit to Niagara Falls in December.

Deputy Niagara County District Attorney Doreen Hoffman says Koyuki Nakahara’s recent return to the United States to testify was crucial in ensuring the case against suspect Robert Macleod wasn’t dismissed.

The Niagara Falls man was arrested about a week after the attack and pleaded not guilty to robbery and assault. He was released on bail.

Police and prosecutors have scheduled a news conference for Thursday, when they’re expected to release details of a recent grand jury proceeding that could bring additional charges.

Neither Macleod nor his attorney could be reached for comment Wednesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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