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NIAGARA FALLS – A man who works as a cleaner at the Como Restaurant on Pine Avenue said he was beaten and robbed by at least three people after he took a shortcut through an alley at 12:30 a.m. Monday.

The victim spoke to police from the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated for a broken nose that required stitches.

He said he cut through an alley between Ninth and 10th streets in the 600 block and was approached by at least three people. He said one person struck him in the face with a fist or unknown object, which caused him to fall and lose consciousness. He said when he woke up his bank cards, a back pack, keys, a driver’s license, his cell phone and $45 were gone.