3 in custody after knifepoint robbery, home invasion, police chase in Gates

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GATES, N.Y. (WROC) — Three teenagers are in custody after a home invasion involving a knifepoint robbery led to a police chase and school lockouts in Gates Tuesday afternoon.

According to Gates police, a woman was robbed at knifepoint around 30 seconds after pulling into her driveway Tuesday afternoon. Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode said the suspects probably wanted to take her car.

When someone called 911, police say the suspects got into a getaway car that had been stolen earlier. State troopers located that car, which crashed near the RT 531 exit ramp.

Investigators say two 14-year-old suspects were taken into custody at the scene. A 17-year-old suspect fled on foot, prompting school lockout protocols to be activated at nearby Gates-Chili High School, Gates Chili Middle School, and Neil Armstrong Elementary School.

That third suspect was caught about 90 minutes later. Police say he was found wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet from a previous case out of Ontario County.

The three teens were charged with attempted burglary and attempted robbery.

“We’ve seen this many times this summer and as a plea from police I can tell you as parents if you have a juvenile, somebody that age, we need to have parental involvement to stop this chaos that’s going on in our community, the city and out near the suburbs,” VanBrederode said. “This is just yet another case where we have kids that are not being supervised, they’re not in school, driving around in a stolen car.”

“Thank you to an alert Wegman Road citizen who just called 911 to report a person in their back yard,” Gates Police officials posted on Facebook shortly before 2 p.m.

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