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Elma store robber arrested by sheriff’s deputies

A 24-year-old Kenmore man was arrested and jailed hours after he alleged robbed an Elma convenience store Friday night.

Matthew Hengel was arrested in his home on a first-degree robbery charge and other charges by Erie County sheriff’s deputies within hours of the 8 p.m. knife-point robbery at the Yellow Goose Store at 950 Maple Road thanks to the efforts of a store customer who ran after him after Hengel allegedly grabbed $1,800 from the cash register and ran, according to Undersheriff Mark Wipperman.

The customer, who did not want to be identified, stopped when Hengel allegedly drew out a long kitchen knife but the customer got the license plate number and description of the car Hengel allegedly used as he drove off.

With the aid of Kenmore Village police, sheriff’s deputies tracked down Hengel to his house and arrested him later Friday night. Hengel was in custody Wednesday at the Erie County Holding Center, being held without bail, pending further court proceedings, the undersheriff said.

In addition to the robbery charge, Hengel is charged with grand larceny in the fourth-degree, menacing with the use of a weapon and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use it, Wipperman added.