Elmira police have identified a suspect in a pair of failed robbery attempts Wednesday morning. In both incidents, the victim got into a fight with the suspect, who fled on foot without getting any money.
As of Wednesday evening, police knew the identity of the suspect, a black male, and they knew where he was – but they hadn't taken him into custody or filed charges yet, said Capt. Joseph Kain. The suspect's name wasn't being released, and the investigation was ongoing.
The first alleged incident happened around 5:30 a.m. when a Totem Taxi driver parked outside Weis Market on North Main Street was approached by the suspect, who asked for a ride. During the cab ride, the suspect acted as if he had a gun, threatened to shoot the cab driver, and demanded money.
During the robbery attempt, the cab driver got into a physical altercation with the suspect, who fled on foot.
The second incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. a person was approached by the suspect in the parking lot of the McDonald's restaurant, also on North Main Street. The suspect approached the victim, acted as if he was armed with a gun, and demanded money. The victim got into an altercation with the assailant, who fled without getting any money.
Anyone with information about either robbery attempt is asked to call the Elmira Police Department at 737-5618 or 271-HALT.
• Also Wednesday, the EPD announced two burglary arrests.
Eric Gillis, 33, of Elmira, and an unidentified 17-year-old male were charged with second-degree burglary, a Class C felony, after police responded to a report of two suspicious males on a porch at 680 Herrick St. shortly after 4 p.m.
Officers heard someone inside, found a back door unlocked, then allegedly found the teenager in the house, and Gillis hiding in the attic. The two suspects were attempting to steal copper pipes and plumbing from the house, police allege.