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A Buffalo man was convicted this week of trying to rob a Buffalo teacher after prosecutors said he went to her school to pick up his girlfriend’s daughter.

Douglas Anderson, 31, of Durham Court, pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted third-degree robbery in the Jan. 15 holdup attempt.

When Anderson arrived at the Clinton Street school, the teacher told the defendant, who had accompanied his girlfriend’s daughter to the classroom and on field trips, that the girl had already been picked up by her grandparents, according to Assistant District Attorney Patrick B. Shanahan.

Anderson then asked the teacher to give him a ride to the grandparents’ home, and she agreed, the prosecutor said.

When he got into the car, he asked her if she could stop at his apartment to pick up some food to take to the grandparents, and she agreed, Shanahan said. When they arrived, he asked her to help him get the food, and she agreed.

After entering the apartment, Anderson threw her onto the floor and tried to take her purse, Shanahan said, but she resisted and persuaded him not to take her purse. She reported him to police.

Anderson, a second felony offender with a 2001 robbery conviction, faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced July 31 by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia.