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MAN WHO FLED CHECKPOINT HELD IN ARMED ROBBERY

The weekend arrest of a Buffalo man accused of bolting through a seat-belt checkpoint in a stolen car in Amherst last month has led Amherst detectives to solve an armed robbery of the Quality Market two weeks earlier, police said today.

Olean police on Saturday night arrested Taihek Quarles, 22, of Dartmouth Avenue on an arrest warrant related to the Nov. 23 incident, which began at a Wehrle Drive seat-belt checkpoint and resulted in a chase into Buffalo. The driver bailed out of the stolen vehicle and fled from police that day.

Quarles was brought back to Amherst following his arrest Saturday night, and a subsequent investigation led Amherst police to charge him in the Nov. 11 armed robbery of the Quality Market at 5274 Main St. A man flashing a handgun stole about $2,300 from the supermarket in that robbery.

Police had developed information that Quarles was known to frequent residences in Buffalo, Amherst and Olean, so police from those three departments worked together on the case.

"This is another example of area police agencies working together, sharing information that culminated in taking a dangerous individual off the streets," Amherst Assistant Police Chief Ronald H. Hagelberger said today.

Quarles faces charges of second-degree robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property and reckless endangerment from the two Amherst incidents, police said. He was to be arraigned this afternoon in Amherst.

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