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Buffalo man charged with robbing Niagara Falls restaurant

NIAGARA FALLS – Police who surrounded a downtown Korean restaurant Thursday night subdued a robbery suspect who threatened to shoot an employee, authorities said.

Daquon R. Crittenden, 18, of Chatham Avenue, Buffalo, is charged with third-degree robbery and resisting arrest.

Police said they learned of the holdup at the Pyung Taikrestaurant, 420 Niagara St. about 8:30 p.m., when an employee called 911 and – speaking in low tones – reported the robbery before the call was cut off.

Officer George McDonnell and Lt. Anthony Catalano, who were the first police at the scene, spotted the robber with his left arm inside his jacket and a possible gun protruding, pointed at another person who was out of view, police said. The bandit, police said, was demanding money,

Five more officers arrived and took positions around the building, waiting for the suspect to leave, police said. However, when the robber spotted police and retreated inside the restaurant, police stormed the building and subdued the suspect after he ignored demands to surrender, police said.

Police said Crittenden did not have a weapon.