Ithaca police catch attempted robbery suspect

By Erika Mahoney

Credit: MGN Online

Ithaca police catch attempted robbery suspect

January 12, 2014 Updated Jan 12, 2014 at 6:32 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Ithaca police officers caught an attempted robbery suspect as he was running from the scene of the crime.

Police said they chased Steven J. Happel, 21, Brooktondale, as he was running across South Meadow Street.

Officers found him hiding in a dumpster and arrested him.

According to Ithaca Police, Happel entered a convenience store on the 200 block of North Meadow Avenue and approached the counter with a concealed object under his sweatshirt.

Happel allegedly pointed the object at the cashier and threatened to shoot unless the cashier handed over money.

The cashier hit the panic alarm. Police said Happel ripped it out of the cashier's hand and fled.

The suspect didn't get away with any merchandise or money.

Happel was arraigned and sent to the Tompkins County jail.

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