A 19-year-old Seventh Street man was taken into custody as the third of the three suspects wanted in the armed robbery of a William Street store in December, Buffalo Police Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said.
Deshawn D. Vann was charged with felony robbery, larceny and weapons counts for his alleged role in the stickup at about 7:40 p.m. Dec. 17 at Beenzer’s Apparel Store at 451 William about 7:40 p.m. Dec. 17. Vann and the previously arrested Paul Bates, 22, and Latonio J. Ayala, 20, are accused of entering the store forcing an 18-year-old clerk into a back room.
Merchandise including jackets, pants and shoes, valued at more than $4,000 was taken by the trio. They made the clerk to let them out the rear door of the store to escape.
Bates and Ayala were quickly arrested but Vann was not tracked down until a police received a tip prompted by video surveillance photo released to the media this week through Buffalo Metropolitan Crimestoppers, Richards said.
Vann was arrested about 6:30 p.m. Thursday by Central District Detectives Timothy J. Rooney, Edward M. Cotter and Thomas J. O’Brien and B District Officers Thomas D. Nunan and Chad M. Maloney, the chief said.