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Carjacking suspect also charged in convenience store shooting

A carjacking suspect arrested Wednesday night ended up in bigger trouble when two alert Ferry-Fillmore District police officers recognized him from a video of a Tuesday afternoon shooting in which a robbery victim was critically wounded.

Theodore Wilson, 25, of Buffalo, was charged with attempted murder, robbery and criminal use of a firearm by Officers Michael Haas, Robert Danner and Michael Norwood, who were assisted by homicide detectives.

The carjacking occurred at 7:40 p.m. at Genesee and Doat streets.

“Wilson approached the vehicle, said he had a gun and demanded the car, the keys, money and phone,” Homicide Capt. Joseph A. Gramaglia said. “He then fled the scene in the car.”

The patrol officers immediately responded and spotted the stolen vehicle at East Ferry Street and Goodyear Avenue, where they managed to safely stop the vehicle, Gramaglia said.

At that point, the officers determined that Wilson looked familiar from a video of a shooting and robbery that occurred at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday outside The Corner Store on the 1700 block of Genesee Street.

“They called the Homicide Bureau and through an investigation Wilson was ultimately charged in the shooting and robbery,” Gramaglia said. “It was excellent police work by these officers to take this violent felon off the streets without incident.”

Quinton Rosenthal, 28, of Buffalo, remains in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his neck.

Also assisting in the investigation was Ferry-Fillmore District Detective William Drabik.