Traffic stop in Genesee County leads to police search for suspect, LeRoy man facing charges


BATAVIA, N.Y. (WROC) — A LeRoy man is facing a slew of charges after a traffic stop turned into a search in Genesee County Sunday night.

Officials from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office say 44-year-old Arthur Brown is changed with

  • Criminal possession of a weapon, second degree
  • Menacing a police officer
  • Tampering with physical evidence
  • Obstruction of governmental administration, second degree
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree
  • Operation of a motor vehicle impaired by drugs
  • Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle
  • Fail to keep right traffic infraction

Authorities say there was a call regarding a vehicle being operated in an “erratic manner” on Route 33 in the Town of Spafford around 6 p.m. Deputies then located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.

Once the vehicle stopped, police say the deputy observed two occupants inside the vehicle. They say the operator of the vehicle fled and rand south across Route 33 into a farm laneway.

Officials say while the deputy was in pursuit, he saw the fleeing person pull a handgun from his waistband before losing sight of him in a small wooded area.

Police say the deputy then returned too the vehicle and heard what sounded like a gunshot coming from the area of where he law saw the suspect.

Authorities say the passenger of the pulled over vehicle was detained and the area was secured while several nearby law enforcement agencies responded to assist with the search for the suspect.

Police say what were believed to be initial gunshots from the suspect’s last known area were actually the sounds of a wildlife scare cannon, which they say is a sound emitting device fueled by propane to deter birds and other animals from damaging crops. The property owner later confirmed to police that was the case.

Around 11:20 p.m. the suspect was taken into custody without further incident. Officials from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office credited the New York State Police Aviation unit helicopter, as well as the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office drone operators for eventually finding Brown who was located in a wooded area.

Officials say Brown was arraigned in Town of Stafford Court where he was remanded to the Genesee County Jail on no bail. he’s scheduled to return to court on October 5.

Authorities say the passenger of the vehicle was identified as 29-year-old Breanna Smith of Rochester, who was found to have an active violation of probation warrant from Florida. Police say Smith was initially held on the warrant, but was later released as the sheriff’s office received notice that Florida would not extradite Smith. She was released from custody on an appearance ticket for seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police reiterated Monday that no gunshots were fired by any law enforcement officers or the suspect and added that there were no injuries reported during this incident.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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