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Buffalo police arrested a 23-year-old woman Friday on a charge of offering a bribe to two people who reported a Black Rock home invasion.
Nicole Ward offered each $1,000 for the false testimony to help burglary defendant Lonnie A. Spears, according to a police report.
Ward also allegedly threatened the two, saying they know what would happen if they testified truthfully, according to the police report. Both have repeatedly received death threats by defendants in the trial, the police report said.
Police arrested Ward at the Erie County Courthouse.
In October, the two people told police that two intruders entered their apartment on the 1900 block of Niagara Street shortly before 2 a.m., put a gun to their heads and demanded money.
Charged in the case are Lonnie Spears, 28, of Park Avenue, City of Tonawanda, and Andrew Spears, 25, who are now on trial for burglary charges in State Supreme Court in Buffalo.
The two victims, a man and a woman, said the robbers took three cellphones and $700 in cash from the man and one of them hit him in the face with the handgun, causing a quarter-inch cut to his forehead. The other intruder fired several shots over the man's head, according to a police report at the time.