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April 28, 2014

Arby's robbery suspect arrested Saturday

An East Meredith man was arrested Saturday in connection with three recent robberies in the Oneonta area, state police reported Sunday. 

Johnathan R. Lynn, 23, faces multiple charges in connection with robberies reported at the Convenience Express and Arby’s Restaurant in the town of Oneonta. Lynn was arrested after a third robbery was reported Saturday at Otsego Auto Crushers on state Route 23 in the town of Davenport, just outside Oneonta. 

Upon his arrest, Lynn was charged with attempted robbery in the third degree, a class E felony, in connection with the incident at Otsego Auto Crushers. He was also charged with criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument, a class A misdemeanor. 

Lynn was arraigned in the Davenport Town Court on those charges, and remanded to Delaware County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. 

According to a media release from state police, further investigation revealed that Lynn had also been responsible for an April 19 robbery at the Convenience Express on state Route 7 in Oneonta’s East End, and an April 24 robbery at the Oneonta Arby’s. Additional charges of two counts of robbery in the second degree, a class C Felony, are pending in Oneonta Town Court. 

In both robberies, the suspect’s identity had been concealed with a mask, but witnesses described the man as wearing the same hooded sweatshirt with Monster and Fox Racing logos. Following the Arby’s robbery, state police confirmed that they believed the crimes were committed by the same person. In both cases, witnesses said the masked man showed a note saying that he had a gun; the clerk at the Convenience Express said he saw a gun tucked into the man’s pants, but no gun was actually seen at Arby’s. The man left on foot from both locations after the robberies, witnesses said. 

During the investigation, state police were assisted by the Otsego and Delaware County sheriff’s departments, the Oneonta Police Department and the state Division of Parole. 

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