City man pinned with weapon robbery charges

A city of Cortland man who was arrested on weapon and robbery charges on Aug. 18 waived his right to a preliminary hearing at city court Wednesday morning.

Brandon McGregor, 33, of McLean Road in Cortland, didn’t appear in court on Wednesday due to quarantining following potential exposure to the coronavirus.

McGregor was then forced to waive his right to a hearing at city court. His case will now be moved to Cortland County court, city judge Elizabeth Burns said.

McGregor has been charged with first-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon (both felonies), and second-degree menacing and petit larceny (each a misdemeanor).

On the morning of Aug. 18, McGregor threatened to rob a 30-year-old man by pointing a pocket knife at him near the intersection of Duane Street and Squires Street. McGregor demanded the victim “surrender the contents of his pocket,” the police report stated.

Following a brief scuffle between McGregor and the victim, McGregor managed to steal the backpack and ran away from the scene.

McGregor was found at a short distance from the Duane-Squires Street intersection and was arrested by city police at 5:33 a.m. Aug. 18.

McGregor’s appearance in county court has yet to be determined.