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VIDEOTAPE IMAGE LEADS TO ARREST IN ROBBERY, BEATING

A picture from a security camera videotape led to the arrest of a Michigan man in the beating and robbery of a Tuscarora Indian Reservation businessman Tuesday night, state police said Saturday.

Two men bound, beat and cut Frank L. Williams, 65, owner-operator of the No Blanket Smoke Shop on Upper Mountain Road, after gaining entrance to his nearby home at knifepoint about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, troopers said.

They handcuffed Williams, beat him, cut his cheek and zapped him twice with a stun gun before they forced him to open his safe, troopers said. They declined to divulge how much money was taken.

Williams, who was treated at Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston for cuts and bruises, declined comment Saturday.

The investigation led to the arrest of Marwan Muhmed Saeed, 18, of Dearborn, Mich., late Friday by Dearborn police. An extradition hearing is set for Monday. Saeed faces a charge of first-degree robbery and possibly other counts, State Police Investigator David Hall said Saturday.

The second robber is still at large.

Williams recognized Saeed from other encounters, according to Hall. "He was a steady customer. He bought cigarettes from him," Hall said.

A security camera that Williams maintains at his business captured Saeed on videotape, Hall said.

With a photograph developed from the videotape, Hall said, state police were able to identify him and alert police in Dearborn.

He was arrested in Dearborn after he was stopped for running a red light. A computer check revealed he was wanted for the Lewiston robbery.

Several thousand dollars were recovered from the suspect's home in Dearborn, but police are not sure if it represented any of the loot from the holdup.

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