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A Buffalo man pleaded not guilty today to robbing two La Nova Pizzeria employees at gunpoint as they left the West Side restaurant to make a bank deposit.

Authorities accused Terrance Price, 21, of Urban Street, of firing at other employees who pursued and eventually subdued him.

Price remains in custody without bail after his arraignment on three counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Price appeared before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia.

If convicted, Price faces up to 25 years in prison, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

The two employees were robbed of about $6,000 as they walked out of the restaurant at West Ferry and Hampshire streets about 9:30 a.m. Oct. 24, prosecutors said. When other employees gave chase, the robber started shooting.

But they continued to pursue him through back yards and over a fence until he fell on 18th Street where they held him for police, according to employees.

The money has not been recovered.

Price has a previous conviction for robbery and corrupting a minor in Pennsylvania and was on probation in that case after having served a year in prison, Senior Trial Counsel Christopher J. Belling told the judge.

Price is accused of violating his probation.