Detectives Arrest Trio in Armed Robbery

Town of Salina, New York-The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office reports that detectives have charged three people in connection with a robbery that occurred last week outside a residence in the Town of Salina.

On December 21st, at approximately 4:15 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence in the 200 block of Avery Drive after the victim called 911 to report that he had been robbed at gun point while selling a Microsoft Xbox Series X gaming system. Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division learned that the victim advertised the sale of the gaming system on the website “Offer Up.” When the suspects, two males and a female, arrived at the victim’s residence, they displayed a handgun and demanded the Xbox from the victim. The suspects were last seen fleeing the scene in an older model pick-up truck.

Detectives investigating the incident later identified the suspects as James Carter (48), Andre Robinson (20) and a 17- year-old juvenile female, all from Syracuse. The three were recently arrested and charged with robbery in the 1st degree, criminal use of a firearm in the 1st degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree and petit larceny.

Both Carter and Robinson, were arraigned in Centralized Arraignment Court. Carter’s bail was set at $25,000 cash / $50,000 bond and Robinson’s bail was set at $50,000 cash / $100,000 bond. Both currently remain in the Justice Center. The 17-year- old female juvenile was arraigned in Youth Part Court and released to her guardian.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to take practical steps to ensure personal safety as well as the security of their property when engaging in these types of transactions:

Choose a well-lit public area that you are familiar with to exchange the goods, preferably somewhere CCTV is available.

  • Avoid meeting in vulnerable areas, such as dark car parks, playing fields, and the other person’s home.
  • Where possible, avoid meeting at your own home; and
  • Take a friend or family member with you if possible.

It’s also important to have an exit strategy if a meeting doesn’t go as planned – identify an exit route, and ensure you have access to a telephone to contact 911 if necessary.