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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Corning: 2 teens held in shooting

  • Two teens are being held without bail in connection with a reported shooting and robbery attempt Tuesday afternoon on Jennings Street in Corning, and police said additional arrests are possible.

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  • Two teens are being held without bail in connection with a reported shooting and robbery attempt Tuesday afternoon on Jennings Street in Corning, and police said additional arrests are possible.
    Brendan M. Mattei and Coty L. Ferris, both 18 and of Corning, were arrested Tuesday night and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony that calls for a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 3.5 years. Both men allegedly possessed the gun used during the incident.
    Mattei was located around 10 p.m. walking on West Fifth Street. When police made contact with Mattei, he fled on foot, authorities said.
    Officers set up a perimeter in the area and used a K-9 to track the suspect. When police found Mattei, he fl ed again, but he was captured soon after by a Corning police officer.
    Mattei apparently shot himself in the hand during the incident on Jennings Street. After his arrest, he was taken to Corning Hospital for treatment.
    Shortly after Mattei’s arrest, police located Ferris at an apartment on West Sixth Street. He was taken into custody without incident.
    Both men were held overnight in the city lockup. On Wednesday morning, they were arraigned in Corning City Court and ordered jailed without bail.
    According to police, Ferris and Mattei attempted to rob the occupants of an apartment at 110 jennings St. around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. the attempted robbery, witnesses said one of the suspects, Mattei, fired a handgun while fighting with one of the victims, police said. The bullet struck Mattei in the hand, police said.
    No one else was injured.
    Nothing was taken during the incident, and police said they were continuing to investigate a motive.
    Mattei and Ferris were described as being friends, and they knew some of the victims, police said. The victims were handcuffed as a precaution during the early part of the investigation. They are not being charged, police said.
    After the alleged robbery attempt, witnesses said the suspects fled the scene in a blue sedan. One witness said she saw three male suspects flee the scene.
    Police recovered the vehicle in Corning. Investigators also located the gun they believe was used during the incident.
    As for the police activity on Sunset Drive following the incident, police said one of the suspect’s parents live in a home there.
    Authorities are still investigating the case, and additional arrests and charges are possible. Anyone with information is asked to call the Corning Police Department at 962-0340, Ext. 1500.
    The Corning Police Department says both Mattei and Ferris are known to its officers. Mattei was arrested last month for a criminal mischief in Corning, police said.
    The Steuben County Sheriff ’s Office and New York State Police assisted the Corning Police Department with the investigation and the apprehension of the suspects.
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