LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to a 22-count indictment accusing him of roughing up three women: two of his girlfriends and one of their mothers, Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said.
Marquan D. Florence, 23, of LaSalle Avenue, is charged with assorted counts of strangulation, assault, attempted assault, burglary, criminal mischief and criminal contempt, stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred on 12 different dates between March 18 and Sept. 22.
Baehre said an arrest warrant was issued for Florence Aug. 29, but he wasn’t caught until earlier this week, when Niagara Falls police and U.S. marshals found him hiding in a shed behind his mother’s home.
Florence also was charged this week with pistol-whipping a woman and robbing her of between $2,000 and $3,000, Baehre said. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas set bail at $100,000 on the indictment, on top of the $50,000 bail set in Niagara Falls City Court in the robbery case.