Niagara Gazette

October 30, 2013

Falls police nab two following armed robbery

By Rick Pfeiffer rick.pfeiffer@niagara-gazette.com
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — A a pair of bandits are under arrest and a third is being sought after the bold afternoon hold-up of a Pine Avenue pawn shop.

Falls police said they responded to a call around 3:15 p.m. Monday from the owner of Casino Buy & Sell saying he had been robbed and assaulted. The victim said three black males, wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and armed with handguns and a machete, had staged the attack.

As officers closed in on the crime scene in the 2000 block of Pine Avenue, they spotted the three suspects running just a few blocks away on 20th Street. 

Officer Todd Faddoul and Lt. Michael Corcoran collared the first suspect in the 1800 block of Pierce Avenue. Officers David Wyluki, Josh Miller and Joseph Scabilia caught up with a second suspect in the 1800 block of Willow Avenue.

The third suspect was able to escape from police. 

Police identified the suspects as Edwin Keith Ridgeway, 26, 140 East Ave., Lockport, and Robert James Thornton, 24, 1026 Cleveland Ave.

Both Ridgeway and Thornton had property taken from the pawn shop in their possession when police took them into custody. Both men also were carrying BB guns, which investigators said looked like real firearms.

Ridgeway and Thornton were each charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree grand larceny, third-degree assault and resisting arrest.

Investigators said they are looking into whether the pair might be tied to the robbery of a Niagara Street ice cream shop and the attempted hold-up of a pizzeria just a few blocks away.

“We don’t think they were involved (in the other robberies) at this point, but we’re looking into it,” Detective Lt. Mike Trane said. “(In the attempted robbery of the pizzeria) the suspects used long guns.”