• City man accused of robbing teen at knifepoint

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    A Rochester man accused of robbing a city teen walking to school last week pleaded not guilty today in City Court.

    Joshua D. Owens, 20, of Eighth Street was charged yesterday with first-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies, according to City Court records.

    Owens was accused of pulling a knife on a 17-year-old Rochester boy as the teen was walking on Bay Street about 7:15 a.m. June 7. Court documents allege that Owens ran up to the teen, grabbed his hands and held him while holding a knife to the teen. Owens was accused of stealing the teen’s wallet and cellular phone.

    In his statement to police, Owens denied stealing the phone. He said the teen traded the phone for a bag of marijuana.

    Owens today was remanded to the Monroe County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to return to City Court for a preliminary hearing at 11 a.m. Friday.

    [Provided by Democrat & Chronicle]