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Stun gun used in case of mistaken identity

A report of a shoplifter at a Walden Galleria clothing store resulted in a Cheektowaga man being shocked with a stun gun, although it turned out he was not one of the people who stole merchandise from the store, according to Cheektowaga police.

Police received a call at 4:16 p.m. Friday from a manager at Urban Outfitters reporting two people fighting with store personnel after they tried to remove clothes from the store.

Police found Anthony Rose, 20, of Cheektowaga, and Ajah Brown, 20, of Buffalo, walking through the mall. Police said they fit the description of the accused shoplifters. Rose has a small build and was wearing brown pants and a black jacket. Brown was wearing jeans and a black jacket.

Officers told Rose they wanted to question him about the shoplifting, police said.

"[He] got unruly [and] started yelling and screaming, saying 'You can't hold me,' " said Cheektowaga Police Capt. Jim Speyer. "He pushed the officer and tried to run away."

An officer then subdued Rose with a Taser, Speyer said, and Brown started fighting with officers.

After police arrested them, a store manager said that although they fit the description, they were not the shoplifters, Speyer said.

Rose was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction, harassment, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession. Brown was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction. They were released on an appearance ticket for Cheektowaga Town Court, Speyer said.

e-mail: cspecht@buffnews.com

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