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Buffalo man charged in attempted robbery

A Buffalo man who stated he had a gun and sought money from a Dollar General clerk was quickly taken into custody Wednesday morning.

Lester L. Santiago, 18, was being held for arraignment in Jamestown City Court on a third-degree attempted robbery charge.

Officers were called around 9:15 a.m. to the 226 Winsor St. Dollar General in Jamestown for a reported armed robbery in progress. Police stated that the Buffalo man reportedly told a clerk that he had a weapon and that he wanted the register open.

The clerk was able to signal another Dollar General employee, who then called 911.

In a news release, JPD said that Santiago was still inside the store when officers arrived. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to Jamestown City Jail.

No gun was located, and no weapon was displayed during the attempted robbery.

“The store employees 911 call and the quick transmission of the call by the County Dispatch allowed for us to arrive before the suspect could leave the store,” said Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department. “These situations are always very tense for the store employees but both of the employees were able to maintain composure, and their actions greatly assisted in the quick and safe apprehension of the suspect.”

“No one was injured during this incident,” he continued.

City officers were assisted Wednesday by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.

The Winsor Street Dollar General opened in November.

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