LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man admitted Wednesday that he robbed a woman at gunpoint and invaded a man’s apartment on the night of May 8-9.
Through a Spanish-language interpreter, Josean A. Rodriguez, 30, of Falls Street, admitted to reduced charges of attempted second-degree robbery and attempted second-degree burglary. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he could send Rodriguez to prison for as long as 14 years when he returns to court Nov. 12.
Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Rodriguez, a native of Puerto Rico, put a gun to a woman’s head outside a 7-Eleven store on Niagara Street in the Falls late on May 8. Shortly after midnight, he entered an apartment house on Ferry Avenue.
“I pretended I had a gun,” Rodriguez said. He said he ran away after the man in the apartment grabbed a kitchen knife.