Police: Cortland gas station robbed at gunpoint; three arrested

CORTLAND, N.Y. - Three people were arrested Sunday in connection with the robbery of a gas station in the city of Cortland.

Richard A. Winn, 18, of Johnson City; Marquay E.L. Barber, 17, of Groton; and James A. Corey, 20, of Johnson City, were each charged with felonies of first-degree robbery, fourth-degree conspiracy, and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Barber was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

At around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, the three suspects parked outside the Speedway gas station at 106 Port Watson St. Barber entered the store and pointed a gun at an employee and demanded money, according to Lt. Richard Troyer with the City of Cortland Police Department. Barber left the store with about $500 in cash, and the three drove off.

The employee was able to read the license plate number before they drove away. police said. State police located the vehicle on I-81 North. A pursuit started, and the individuals crashed the car at the 28-mile marker in Broome County, causing minor damage to the vehicle. None of the occupants were injured, and all three suspects were taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Police also learned that the vehicle they were driving was reported stolen from Horseheads, N.Y., on Dec. 7, Lt. Troyer said.

All three suspects will be arraigned in Cortland City Court Monday morning. Police say their investigation remains ongoing.