NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Niagara Falls police have made an arrest in connection with a series of crimes in the city this week.

A 21-year-old Niagara Falls resident, Rohmelo Lewis, faces the following charges:

  • first-degree robbery 1st degree (two counts)
  • second-degree robbery 2nd degree (three counts)
  • second-degree assault 2nd degree (two counts)
  • menacing
  • reckless endangerment
  • criminal possession of a weapon

On Tuesday morning, police say Lewis was involved in a robbery on Main Street. The victim in this incident was struck by a gun, resulting in a laceration to their head. A phone, electronics and money were stolen, police said.

The following day, around 3 a.m., a man told police he had been robbed at gunpoint on the same street’s 900 block.

“The victim stated after the suspect pointed a gun at him and stole the victim’s backpack, which contained tools, the suspect fired several shots at him as the victim ran away from the scene,” police said.

The day after that, around 1 a.m., a man told police his phone and cash were stolen from him on Main Street’s 1300 block. During this time, the victim said he was hit in the head with a gun. He received treatment at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

During Lewis’ arraignment on Thursday, his bail was set at $1.75 million. He’ll be back in court on Tuesday.

Members for the Niagara Falls City Council are concerned about the recent spike in gun violence and want to see more involvement from the community.

“We’re just hoping that with community engagement and community involvement that if we work together from a governing body along with the community and along with community members that actually also operate within violence reduction that we could actually reduce this crime,” said Donta Myles, a Niagara Falls City Council Member.

This has been a violent week in Niagara Falls, with numerous acts of gun violence, including a homicide. The search for the shooter in the homicide continues.

Anti-violence groups and police in the Falls are looking for new ways to prevent crime.

Niagara Falls Peacemakers is one of those groups that works in the community and tries to build relationships. But, leaders there say there’s only so much they can do as part-time volunteers. Funding in the New York State budget will bring another anti-violence group called SNUG to Niagara Falls. It’s anticipated the program will launch in the fall, boosting efforts to reduce gun violence.

“I think that’s exactly what we need here in the City of Niagara Falls, we need individuals that can work in the community doing street outreach around the hour 24/7, looking at social media to see what might be bubbling,” said Ezra Scott of Niagara Falls Peacemakers.

News 4 has made requests to speak to police about the recent spike in gun violence, but we’ve been told police have been too tied up with these investigations.

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