Police: Crack smoking, robbery with sword lead to arrests

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — City of Tonawanda police say a night of smoking crack ended with accusations and an alleged robbery with a katana.

Police say William Harris III, 47, and two others spent the night smoking crack in a Fletcher St. apartment. During this time, Harris got into an argument with another man after discovering that his bracelet had been pawned earlier in the evening “to buy more crack cocaine,” police say.

After the argument began, officials say Harris allegedly pulled an 18-inch katana sword out of a closet and robbed another man in the apartment with it.

The alleged robbery victim fled the apartment and called 911.

Police made their way to the residence, where they say they found numerous crack pipes.

Harris was charged with robbery, criminal weapon possession, grand larceny, menacing and criminal controlled substance possession. He is being held for a future court hearing.

Another person, 31-year-old Rachel Battaglia, of North Tonawanda, was charged with criminal controlled substance possession after police say they found crack pipes on her person. She was jailed on $2,000 bail.


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