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Saranac Lake police nab second robbery suspect

October 13, 2012
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Village police have arrested the second of three people who allegedly robbed the tenants of a Broadway apartment on the night of Sept. 24.

Mouhamed Mbaye, 20, a North Country Community College student who hails from New York City, was charged Friday with multiple felonies: first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, fourth-degree conspiracy and two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, police said.

Police Chief Bruce Nason said Mbaye is one of three people who barged into the apartment, assaulted the two tenants and stole $1,500 in cash, a wallet containing credit cards, electronic equipment and an undisclosed amount of marijuana. Police initially said the trio brandished a handgun during the robbery, but Nason said they later determined it was a pellet gun.

Nason said police identified Mbaye as a suspect "through the help of some witnesses that saw the suspects either prior to or just after the incident."

On Sept. 27, police arrested another robbery suspect, an 18-year-old male from Saranac Lake who's facing identical charges as Mbaye.

The third suspect is still at large in the Saranac Lake area, Nason said.

"We know the identity of the third person," Nason said. "I'm sure by now he's aware we're looking for him, and he's avoiding us. It's one of those cases where when you show up at a friend's house or an acquaintance's house, they say they haven't heard from him or seen him - one of those things."

The robbery happened the same night as a string of downtown burglaries. Seven businesses, mostly on Main Street and Broadway, were targeted, and five were successfully broken into, typically through a back window or door. The suspects made off with unspecified amounts of cash, in some cases money that was left in cash registers overnight.

Nason said police are looking for two people who are potential suspects in the burglaries.

"How much they're involved with, we'll determine after we have an opportunity to speak with them," he said. "But we have two that we're actively looking for, that are different than these three (from the robbery)."

Mbaye was arraigned Thursday and remanded to Franklin County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.


Staff Writer Jessica Collier contributed to this report.



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