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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Cops nab robbery suspect

  • The man authorities believe robbed a Corning tanning salon and a Big Flats retailer Tuesday was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly robbing a CVS Pharmacy in Owego.

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  • The man authorities believe robbed a Corning tanning salon and a Big Flats retailer Tuesday was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly robbing a CVS Pharmacy in Owego.
    The suspected robber has been identified as John Malowsky, 62, of Attica. He’s spent much of his adult life in state prison for violent crimes, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
    According to authorities, police responded around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday to the report of a robbery in progress at the CVS Pharmacy store on Park Street in Owego. The first deputy arrived on scene as Malowsky was exiting the store.
    As a second deputy arrived, Malowsky menaced police with a knife and fled the area, authorities said. Police contained the man nearby and took him into custody after a struggle. A witness told the Owego Pennysaver that police used a Taser to subdue the suspect, who was taken to a hospital for treatment.
    After Malowsky was taken into custody, members of the New York State Police in Horseheads and the Corning Police Department drove to Tioga County and positively identifi ed him as the person who robbed darkTan in Corning and Maurice’s in Big Flats, authorities said.
    Around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, a man with a large knife entered the darkTan salon on East Pulteney Street in Corning. The suspect, who wore a ski mask, threatened an employee with a knife and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
    About 45 minutes later, an armed robbery was reported at Maurice’s near Target in Big Flats.
    According to state police, the robber entered the store, made small talk with two female employees and then left. He returned approximately a minute later and asked to purchase a coat.
    While the manager walked behind the counter to make the sale, the suspect followed her, pulled down his ski mask and displayed a knife with a blade approximately 12 inches long. The suspect demanded money and forced the two clerks into a back storage room. He told them to wait 15 minutes before calling police.
    Authorities are investigating whether Malowsky may be responsible for other unsolved robberies, including one Feb. 9 in Genesee County. According to WHAM 13 in Rochester, a man armed with knife robbed a Sally Beauty Supply store in Batavia. WHAM reported the suspect bound an employee’s wrists and ankles during the robbery.
    Malowsky has served prison time previously for robbery and other violent crimes.
    In 1976, Malowsky served prison time for felony assault and robbery. In 1983, he began serving a prison sentence of 12 to 25 years for two counts of first-degree robbery and single counts first-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse. After he was paroled, he violated the terms of his release in 2011 and was sent back to prison. He was released again in November.
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