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A Buffalo man was sentenced Tuesday to 1½ to 3 years in prison for trying to rob a Buffalo teacher this year after he went to her school and claimed he was there to pick up his girlfriend’s daughter.

State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia sentenced Douglas Anderson, 31, of Durham Court, who had pleaded guilty May 29 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 sometimes accompanied his girlfriend’s daughter to the classroom, that the girl had already been picked up by her grandparents, prosecutors said.

Anderson then asked the teacher to give him a ride to the grandparents’ home, and she agreed. 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. 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, prosecutors said, but she resisted and escaped. She reported him to police.