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BPD Arrest Suspect in Robbery Spree

Buffalo police have arrested 36 year old Martin Spahn of West Seneca in connection with a series of attempted robberies and robberies this past week-end in the city's Black Rock-Riverside, West Side and Elmwood Avenue area.

The series of events began Saturday morning, January 23rd at approximately 8am at the Wilson Farms store, located at 256 Forest Avenue. Spahn apparently entered the store, handed the employee a note demanding money and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

At approximately 7am Sunday morning, Spahn demanded money from an employee at Mobil Mart, 1137 Elmwood Avenue, and then fled on foot after making off with an undisclosed amount of money.

At approximately 11:45am Sunday morning, Spahn walked into the Tops market at Amherst and Grant, handed an employee a note demanding money. The suspect fled on foot without getting any money.

Just minutes later, Spahn attempted to rob a female on Kail Street. Again it appears the suspect made off without getting any money.

Minutes later, Buffalo police apprehended the suspect near the railroad tracks on Hertel Avenue.

Spahn was charged with several counts of first degree robbery and attempted robbery, after police were able to connect him to all four incidents. "The similar suspect description and the method of operation used in each of the incidents led police to one suspect, and he is now under arrest," said Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards. "Spahn is currently remanded at the Erie County Holding Center, after his arraignment this morning," Richards said. There are further court proceedings scheduled for January 29.

A number of "D" District personnel assisted in the arrest including arresting officer, Valerie Stover-Kelly and detectives Deborah Mulhern and Ellen Nowadly and Captain Gregg G. Blosat. Buffalo police were assisted by the State University College at Buffalo police as well as other agencies in the hunt for the suspect.