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Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY, 08/02/04

Monday, November 1, 2004

Two men, posing as prospective gem buyers, held up a couple trying to sell their diamond through a local newspaper advertisement. The Webster, New York, couple had advertised the "loose diamond," and subsequently had several phone calls from two gentlemen who said they were interested in purchasing the stone. When the "buyers" showed up for a 4 p.m. appointment, they held the couple at gunpoint, bound them with duct tape, and stole the diamond and other jewelry from the home. The two suspects attempted to escape in their Geo Tracker, but were soon pursued by the local police, -- who had received a distress call from the victims. An officer followed the vehicle to a cul-desac, where the suspects fled on foot. A woman in the neighborhood, seeing one of the suspects heading straight for her house, warned her husband. He, in turn, armed himself with a .45-caliber handgun and prevented the man from entering. This allowed the police to corner the suspect, Robert L. McKnight, who was arrested and charged with robbery. Brian K. Moton was arrested later and the jewelry was recovered.
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