LOCKPORT – The first of three Buffalo men indicted in connection with an attempt to rob a Niagara Falls convenience store Jan. 25 was arraigned Monday in Niagara County Court.
Daniel E. Rivera, 20, of Meech Street, pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count each of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and false personation, Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said.
Also indicted but not yet arraigned were Micah T. Watson, 22, of Northampton Street, and Albert D. Richardson Jr., 32, of 16th Street. Watson is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree robbery, three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and the stolen property charge. Richardson faces two weapons counts and one stolen property charge.
Police said Watson entered the 7-Eleven store on Niagara Avenue and pointed a handgun at the clerk, demanding money. But the clerk saw a bullet jammed in the gun and told the robber to get lost. A short time later, State Police stopped the getaway car, allegedly driven by Richardson, and found two guns, one jammed and one which had been reported stolen. Watson and Rivera allegedly were the passengers in the car.