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Depew man pleads guilty in two armed holdups

A Depew man has pleaded guilty to robbing two people at gunpoint in Hamburg and Cheektowaga.

Michael Johnson, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree robbery before State Supreme Court Justice John Michalski, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office said.

In December, Johnson robbed a man at an ATM on McKinley Parkway, taking $200 the victim had just withdrawn. Two days later, he approached a woman walking into a bank on Transit Road in Cheektowaga and demanded she hand over her bank card and PIN number.

Johnson was seen trying to use the bank card at a gas station in Cheektowaga and his license plate number was reported to police.

Lancaster police arrested him in the parking lot of a Tops Markets on Transit Road.

Johnson, who has a prior felony conviction, faces a sentence of seven to 15 years when he is sentenced April 19. He’s being held at the Erie County Holding Center.