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ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED FLEEING FROM PRODUCE STORE

A suspect in a Friday afternoon robbery at a Cheektowaga produce store was arrested as he ran toward his Buffalo home, town police said.

Bilal Wright, 19, of 114 Domedion Ave. was taken into custody by Officers Paul Batt and Valentine Zimniewicz in a backyard just down the street from his home.

"He almost made it home," said Lt. James Morath.

Wright was charged with robbery, assault, weapon possession and resisting arrest.

The robbery occurred shortly after 3 p.m. at Freshman Produce at 2371 Genesee St. where a male clerk was working alone when Wright entered the store.

"He (Wright) went around as if he was buying some produce," Morath said, then went behind the counter where he poked a clerk in the back with a knife, ordered him to open the cash register, scooped out some money and ran.

Along the way, he discarded his jacket, which was found at an undisclosed location, and the knife, which was found by Officer Robert Laskowski in a parking lot at 2351 Genesee St.

Detective Mark Jedd spotted Wright on Humason Avenue, but Wright ignored the detective's order to stop and kept running. After the police officers caught up with him, Wright was identified by the victim and a witness as the thief.

Wright remained in custody Friday night pending arraignment.

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