• 2 charged in shotgun robbery on Erie Canal path

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    Two Rochester brothers accused of robbing a bicyclist at gunpoint were arrested Saturday afternoon.

    Christopher N. Carter, 21, and Jeremy C. Greene, 17, were charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, and fourth-degree grand larceny, according to Lt. Jim VanBrederode, of Gates Police Department.

    A bicyclist told police he was robbed on the Erie Canal bike path, between Chili and Brooks avenue, by two men who were armed with a .20-gauge shotgun, said VanBrederode.

    One round was fired from it but the victim was not injured. The men then fled down the bike path towards Brooks Avenue. The bicyclist was able to flag down two Gates police cars on Buell Road and recounted the incident.

    Police officers Shawn O’Mara and Michael Ludolph spotted the two suspects walking east down Brooks Avenue by the canal and a foot chase ensued, said VanBrederode.

    With the assistance of other agencies, the suspects were located in a home on Ellicott Street from where they were taken into custody. Police said the shotgun was recovered inside a Laundromat on Thurston Road.

    The brothers were arraigned before Gates Town Justice Peter Pupatello. Bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond to appear in the Gates Town Court Tuesday. Both suspects were sent to the Monroe County Jail.

    [Courtesy of Democrat & Chronicle]