Erie County Undersheriff Mark Wipperman reports the arrest of a suspect in the armed robbery of a Yellow Goose store at 950 Maple Road in Elma.
Just after 8 p.m. on Friday January 16, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call from the store’s cashier stating a man claiming he had a knife forced the employee to open the cash register drawer. The suspect grabbed $1800 from the drawer and fled.
A customer in the store, who witnessed the incident, ran after the suspect. The suspect stopped and drew a long kitchen knife and displayed it to the pursuing customer. The suspect made his way to a vehicle and drove away heading northbound on Maple Road. The customer was able to provide Deputies with a vehicle description and license plate number. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office investigated the license plate number and determined the owner’s address.
With assistance from the Village of Kenmore Police Department, Deputies were able to locate the residence and the suspected vehicle parked nearby. Deputies approached the residence and were able to take the suspect into custody.
Deputies charged Matthew Hengel, 24 of Kenmore, with felony Robbery in the 1st degree and Grand Larceny in the 4th degree, as well as two separate misdemeanor charges for Menacing-use of a weapon, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon with Intent to Use.
The subject was arraigned in Elma Town Court on January 17, and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center on $50,000 bail. Hengel’s next court appearance is scheduled for January 22, at 6 pm in county court