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Knifepoint robbery leads to arrest in Cortland

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A Cortland man was arrested Friday (July 17) following a reported assault and armed robbery that occurred two days prior on Clinton Avenue in the city.

Police say a 40-year-old male victim was assaulted and threatened at knife-point by 37-year-old Chenor Pena, of Owego Street. The victim said he did know Pena from past encounters.

According to investigators, Pena first approached the man asking for a cigarette then followed him home and began attacking him once they arrived there.

Pena eventually pulled a knife and threatened the man, who had several children home at the time of the incident.

In order to calm him, the victim agreed to go to a nearby ATM where he withdrew and gave $40 to Pena in order to get him to leave.

City officers located Pena just past 7:00 Friday night riding a stolen bicycle on Charles Street in the City.

He taken into custody and charged with:

  • Robbery 1st (F)
  • Menacing 2nd (M)
  • Criminal Possession of a weapon 3rd (F)
  • Harassment 2nd (V)
  • Criminal possession of stolen property 5th (M) (bicycle).

The victim suffered only minor injuries.

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