Friday, December 31, 2010


WKBW TV 7 is reporting that a Gasport man robbed a Newfane family and led the police on a chase through Niagara County...

TOWN OF NEWFANE, NY ( release ) The Niagara County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from an address in Newfane, where the caller stated that a robbery had just occurred, and that the victims had been tied up.

Deputies responding to the scene were also given additional information that a vehicle had been stolen and was last seen going south on Hess Road.

Deputies responded to the scene, with additional units checking the area for the suspect and stolen vehicle. A short time later, Deputy A. Gerhardt was able to locate the stolen vehicle going south on Lockport-Olcott Road and got behind it.

The driver, John P. Corra, 32, of Gasport refused to pull the vehicle over and continued driving south. At this point, Deputy C. Goupil arrived to assist.

The suspect continued at a moderate speed for several miles and then turned northbound on a seasonal road off of Chestnut-Ridge Road, where he lost control and went into a ditch.

Corra then exited the vehicle and ran northbound. After a short foot pursuit, Deputy Gerhardt and Goupil were able to take Corra into custody.

Corra was charged with Robbery 1st, Burglary 1st, Assault 2nd, Grand Larceny 4th, Petit Larceny, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer, and numerous traffic charges by both the Niagara County Sheriff's Office investigators, and patrol deputies.

Corra was arraigned in Town of Newfane court and remanded to the Niagara County jail on $50,000 bail. He is due back in Newfane Court on 1/4/11.