Three Buffalo young men were arrested Wednesday by Erie County Sheriff’s Department deputies after allegedly pistol-whipping a Cheektowaga teen, according to authorities.
Cheektowaga Assistant Police Chief James J. Speyer Jr. said a 17-year-old Cheektowaga boy made arrangements through Facebook to sell the three individuals, ages 16, 17 and 20, residents of Otis Place and Langfield Avenue in Buffalo, sneakers. They agreed to meet at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Awood Place and Genesee Street in Cheektowaga, according to Speyer.
During that meeting, one of the suspects grabbed the victim’s bookbag, which was full of sneakers, and a struggle began for the bag, Speyer said.
The victim was pistol-whipped with what later proved to be a pellet handgun, and then the three young people, who are not identified because they are eligible for youthful offender status, drove off, according to Speyer.
The victim reported the incident to Cheektowaga police and a county-wide law enforcement alert was issued, resulting in the car of the three suspects being stopped by a sheriff’s deputy at Walden and Fillmore avenues on Wednesday, Speyer said.
The victim later Wednesday afternoon identified all three individuals. They have been charged with first-degree robbery, assault, reckless endangerment and petit larceny, according to Speyer.