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A Town of Tonawanda man who was arrested after a 19-hour standoff with police two months ago was ordered to remain jailed Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bail.

State Supreme Court Justice Ronald H. Tills continued bail on Martin C. Whitmore, 43, after Whitmore pleaded innocent to attempted robbery and other charges.

Whitmore held police at bay with a shotgun Aug. 15 from inside his house at 339 Wellington Ave. after they attempted to serve a warrant on him. He finally surrendered early the next morning.

The warrant charged him with breaking into a 73-year-old Tonawanda man's home Aug. 11 and ordering him at gunpoint to set up a $125,000 bank withdrawal. The man, who has not been identified, escaped unhurt through a side door.

Whitmore had attempted to flee when officers came to his house with the warrant and nearly ran down a police captain with his car. The ensuing chase ended when Whitmore's car hit a tree. Whitmore then ran back and barricaded himself in his home.

Among the charges against Whitmore is a count of parole violation for possession of a loaded weapon. Whitmore served 16 years in jail for the 1974 kidnapping and slaying of a Jamestown teen and four more years for armed robbery. He was released on parole in September 1996.

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