String of armed robberies ends with suspect shot at corner store in Rochester

Crime

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A string of armed convenience store robberies that started in Victor ended on Thurston Road in Rochester Wednesday night, when an employee of Angelo’s Grocery Store shot the suspect.

That’s according to Rochester police, who say the suspect — a 25-year-old Rochester man — is in custody.

Investigators say the suspect began by robbing a Kwik Fill in Victor and then robbed a FastTrac on West Ridge Road and a Family Dollar on Dewey Avenue. They say the suspect was shot while attempting to rob Angelo’s Grocery. The timeline is as follows:

  • 3:38 p.m.: robbery at Kwik Fill in Victor (a suspect and vehicle description was broadcast to RPD)
  • 6:49 p.m.: robbery at the FastTrac at 375 W Ridge Road
  • 7:07 p.m.: robbery at the Family Dollar at 706 Dewey Avenue
  • 7:26 p.m.: attempted robbery at Angelo’s Grocery and Deli at 579 Thurston Road

While attempting to the last of the robberies, RPD officials said the store owner produced a legally owned hand gun and fired at the suspect, striking him. The store owner stayed on scene until police arrived.

“The first sergeant on the scene was by herself but did a great job taking the male suspect who had been shot into custody, as well as detaining the two clerks from the store,” said RPD Captain Naser Zenelovic. “She recovered two handguns, one from each person. You can imagine how stressful that was.”

Rochester police say the suspect is being treated at Strong Memorial Hospital and is expected to recover. The investigation is ongoing.

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