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Suspect arrested here in N.Y. City shooting

A downstate man accused of shooting a New York City cabbie six times during a robbery last month was tracked down to a Niagara Street apartment by state police early Tuesday.

Shawn Peace, 22, of Jamaica, was returned to New York City to face attempted murder and other charges in the Dec. 3 robbery and shooting of Trevor Bell, 53. Bell remains hospitalized, Associated Press reported.

The crime was captured on the cab's video surveillance system and quickly emerged as a high-profile case. Bell, a married father of two, was working overtime to earn money for his family for Christmas, according to the New York Post.

"It was on every TV station in New York City because the video was particularly riveting," said Senior State Police Investigator Kevin Kendall of the Violent Felony Warrant Squad in Buffalo, who helped collar Peace in an apartment building at 507 Niagara St. just after 7 a.m.

Kendall said Peace traveled to Buffalo shortly after the holdup and was hiding out in the apartment of his cousin, a local college student.

About two weeks ago, Kendall said, New York Police Department Detectives George Gelada and George Tsangaris developed information that Peace fled to Buffalo, and they contacted the Warrant Squad. Kendall said he recognized Peace from the photo that police put out in the case.

The Niagara Street apartment building is well-known to police -- the scene of at least four burglaries in the last year, along with one case of criminal mischief and another case of felony assault, police records show.

The two New York detectives, as well as investigators from the Erie County District Attorney's Office and members of the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force, conducted the arrest.

Queens detectives have linked Peace to 18 armed robberies there, as well, according to state police. He also is expected to face charges of robbery, felony assault and weapons possession, the AP said.

e-mail: tpignataro@buffnews.com

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