SARANAC LAKE - Village police have arrested the third and final suspect in the Sept. 24 robbery of Broadway apartment.
An 18-year-old male from Brooklyn, who is a student at North Country Community College, was charged Saturday with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, fourth-degree conspiracy and two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, all of which are felonies. Police did not name the suspect as they said he may be eligible for youthful offender status.
The arrest took place at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, roughly 24 hours after police arrested a second suspect in the alleged robbery, Mouhamed Mbaye, a 20-year-old NCCC student from New York City. Another robbery suspect, an 18-year-old male potential youthful offender from Saranac Lake, was arrested Sept. 27.
Police Chief Bruce Nason said the three barged into the apartment around 11 p.m. wearing bandanas to cover their faces and hoods over their heads. They allegedly brandished what police later determined was a pellet gun, assaulted the two tenants and stole $1,500 in cash, electronic equipment, a wallet containing credit cards and an undisclosed amount of marijuana.
Nason said information provided by witnesses who saw the suspects, either before or after the robbery that night, led to all three arrests.
"We'd like to thank the public for their assistance," Nason said. "The officers did an outstanding job for the resources and the staffing levels that we have. We put numerous man hours into this investigation."
Nason said very little of what was stolen has been recovered, although he said police were following up on a lead about the location of some of the stolen electronics equipment. Nason said the robbery victims won't be charged for marijuana possession "because of what they went through."
The robbery took place the same night as a string of downtown burglaries that so far remain unsolved, although Nason said police have identified and are looking for two people who are potential suspects.
The 18-year-old who was arrested Saturday was processed at the police station, arraigned in village court and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.