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2 arrested in robbery at gunpoint

A Buffalo man and his teenage accomplice were arrested Sunday night on charges that they robbed occupants of an Orlando Street home at gunpoint after tricking a resident to let them in, police said.

First, one of the robbers knocked on the door asking for a jump start for his car but the man said he didn't have a car, police said. Then, the same robber returned claiming he lost $300 in the hallway; when the man helped search the hallway, the second robber pointed a gun and ordered him into his apartment.

Justo J. Santiago, 28, of Seneca Street, and a 16-year-old companion were charged with three counts of robbery, three counts of burglary and two counts of criminal use of a firearm.

Santiago also was charged with three counts of a possession of a controlled substance, three counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of a weapon after a search of his apartment.

Officers Anthony Sisti, Linda McDonald and Robert Heidinger said the two entered the apartment at about 8:40 p.m. and confronted the man, his mother, two sons and girlfriend.

The robbers ordered everyone to lie on the floor, pointed a gun at the man's head and stole his wallet, $640 and a ring.

Police said neighbors then took officers to an address on Melrose Street, where they arrested the teen and then to Santiago's home on Seneca, where they arrested him and recovered 200 packages of heroin, three bags of powder cocaine, an electronic scale with drug residue and a .38-caliber gun.

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