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Attempted Purse Snatching on UB North Campus

AMHERST, N.Y. -- UB officials Wednesday night issued an emergency alert about an attempted purse-snatching in Jacobs "A" parking lot on the university's Amherst campus. 

According to the statement, at about 8:30 p.m. a student walking from the Capen Hall library to her car was accosted by two white males in dark clothing wearing dark colored sweatshirts: "They pushed the victim to the ground, striking her and attempted to get her bag. When she resisted they fled northeast."

One sweatshirt was described as a "North Face Fleece Sweater," the statement says. A more thorough description is posted on the UB Police Emergency Alert website.

In a subsequent update, UB Police said they believed that the thieves had fled the campus. They're asking anyone with information that may be helpful to the investigation to call 645-2222.

De-Mobilizing Gang Members

Claude AnShin Thomas will visit the Buffalo area next month. Here's another email from his trip to Columbia where he visited young people trying to get out of the 7,000 member gang named Combus.


Fri, October 1, 2010 11:04:50 PM

(Communa 13)


Drugs, Gangs & Violence

Claude AnShin Thomas practices "engaged" Buddhism. He and his associate, Weibke KenShin Andersen, are invited to visit areas where violence is prevalent so they can offer a peaceful alternative--mindful meditation. Last month he was in Columbia, South America. I asked AnShin if I could share his messages with you and he said OK.

Sun, September 26, 2010 10:33:50 PM

Dear Fred, 

Amherst Police Investigate Rape


AMHERST, N.Y. - Police in Amherst are investigating the alleged rape of a 20-year-old woman.

Police say the woman was walking westbound on Wehrle Drive under the Thruway overpass around 1:00 a.m. Monday July 5 when a male jumped out of some bushes, grabbed her, pushed her to the ground, and then raped her.

Investigators say the suspect also went through the woman's purse and took her debit card and $20 cash.  The suspect ran away.  A neighbor heard the victim crying and called police.

The attacker is described as a black male, 6'0 tall, weighing 180 pounds with braided black hair, and brown eyes.  He was wearing a black v-neck short-sleeved t-shirt, dark jeans and diamond earrings.

If you have any information that could help investigators, call Amherst Police at (716) 689-1311.