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Four charged in an armed robbery

Three young men all under 16, including one who is just 14, were among four charged in an armed robbery early Sunday on Minnesota Avenue.

The victim, a 22-year-old Cheektowaga man, said the teens approached him just after midnight Sunday in the 400 block of Minnesota Avenue and demanded money. He said three of them were armed with guns.

The victim said when he refused to comply the men started punching and kicking him. The suspects stole his wallet, $800 in cash, a book bag and his keys.

Police apprehended the suspects in the 3500 block of Bailey Avenue and found them in possession of a handgun, a winter jacket and a ski mask. The four were positively identified by the victim and charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree menacing and second-degree harassment.

Charged were two 15–year-old youths, one of them from Minnesota Avenue and the other from Tauton Place, and a 14–year–old Suffolk Avenue boy. Also charged was a 16-year-old from Clinton Street.