Feedback: Puerto Rican Teen Arrested In Cape Vincent Robberies
An 18 year old Puerto Rican man has been arrested for allegedly robbing two businesses in the village of Cape Vincent on Friday.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department has charged Rafael Cabrera-Jones with two counts of second-degree robbery.
Officials said Cabrera-Jones was wearing a ski mask when he entered the Cape Dairy store at around 9:30 a.m. and displayed a gun, which turned out to be a starter pistol.
Officials said he robbed the clerk of approximately $300 and fled on foot.
Authorities said the robbery was caught on the store's surveillance camera.
While authorities were investigating that robbery, they received a call that another holdup had taken place at the Cape Vincent Liquor Store.
Again, officials said Cabrera-Jones wore a ski mask and displayed the gun.
Bob Ewing, owner of the liquor store, told 7 News reporter Chris Horvatits he had been on the phone texting with someone about the dairy store robbery and said he wouldn't try to be a hero in a similar situation.
"The customer walked in , ski mask on and I was apprehensive as soon as I saw him," said Ewing.
Cabrera-Jones allegedly robbed Ewing of approximately $600, Ewing said.
Ewing also said the robber took a bottle of vodka.
About 15 minutes after the liquor store robbery, police said they followed footprints from the scene to an apartment house at 544 East Broadway Street.
While the situation unfolded, police advised local business owners to lock up their businesses.
Officials said that when they found the bottle of vodka in the home, they knew they found their suspect.
"We recovered a bottle of alcohol that was stolen from the liquor store, a pack of cigarettes that was stolen from Cape Dairy, and between the two a little over $900 in cash," said Senior Detective David Pustizzi.
Officials said they didn't know why Cabrera-Jones targeted the businesses, but did say the stores were within a block of the East Broadway Street home.
Officials said Cabrera-Jones had been in Cape Vincent for less than a week and was staying at his father's apartment on East Broadway Street.
Cabrera-Jones allegedly took his father's starter pistol to use in the robberies.
The gun was loaded with blanks, officials said.
Cabrera-Jones was set to be arraigned on the charges Friday night.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016, Watertown, NY
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