NIAGARA FALLS – A Falls man with a long criminal history was charged Tuesday for his role in an armed robbery in September.
Marquan D. Florence, 23, of Weston Avenue, was charged with first-degree robbery/displaying a weapon and second-degree robbery.
Florence and two co-defendants, Peter A. Raverini, 27, of 78th Street, and James S. Smith, 22, of Dudley Avenue, allegedly lured a woman into a vacant apartment building in the 1700 block of Whitney Avenue at 1:19 p.m. on Sept. 13, after she had cashed a large check.
Capt. William Thomson, chief of detectives, said Florence pulled out a silver pistol and held it to the woman’s head. He said Florence and Raverini reached into the woman’s panties where she kept her cash and cellphone, then took $1,050. After that, Florence allegedly struck the woman in the side of the head with the pistol and the other men jumped out of a second-floor window and fled.
Raverini and Smith were charged shortly after the incident on charges of first and second-degree robbery.
In 2007, Florence pleaded guilty to two violent felonies after a home invasion and shooting in the city. He also recently was indicted on two cases of domestic violence, including a charge that he tried to strangle a woman.