NIAGARA FALLS – An 18-year-old city man told police he was robbed Saturday evening after being set up by his marijuana dealer.

The Niagara Street resident told police he arranged to meet the dealer at a nearby Dairy Queen store shortly before 5 p.m. He gave the man $20 and was led to an adjoining alley, where a second man grabbed the victim, slammed him to the ground and punched him several times.

When the victim took out his cellular telephone to try to call police, the assailant grabbed it, removed the battery and threw the phone down the alley. Both men then fled, leaving the victim injured and without money, phone or marijuana.