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Forest Avenue man arrested in gas station robbery

A 35-year-old Forest Avenue man was arrested early Monday for allegedly robbing the NOCO gas station at 1137 Elmwood Avenue about 11:45 p.m. Sunday while claiming he was armed with a .45-caliber pistol.

Brian Spencer was arrested on Grant Street near West Delavan Avenue about 3:15 a.m. Monday. He was charged with first-degree robbery and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police reports did not indicate he was armed when arrested and did not identify the drug he allegedly had acquired. He remained jailed at the Erie County Holding Center late Monday night.