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June 18, 2009 - 10:15am

Manhunt in progress near Townline and 63

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Oakfield.

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There is a manhunt in progress, with one suspect in custody around Route 63 and Townline Road.

Two other suspects are reportedly still at large, possibily armed, and on foot.

We don't know at this time what triggered the manhunt.

A helicopter has been called in to help with the search.

Batavia Police and Sheriff's Office units are on scene at multiple locations along Route 63.

UPDATE: There is a reported "money trail" south of the subject's vehicle.

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m.: Sheriff Gary Maha has confirmed the suspects are wanted in confirmed the suspects are wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Elba.

And, a woman just drive up to the command center, ran up to the sheriff and said she saw a subject running in a field north of Townline Road just minutes ago. The subject is east of 63, running north.

UPDATE: Helicopter on scene now.

UPDATE 10:50 a.m.: Second suspect in custody. Two more at large.

UPDATE: 10:52: One of the suspects in custody has reported there were only three subjects in the getaway car.

UPDATE 11:02 a.m.: Dan Fischer at WBTA is reporting that all schools in Genesee County have been placed on lock down.

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UPDATE 12:22 p.m.:  K-9, officers on foot and a helicopter has been searching a area to the northeast of the John Deere location.  Now officers are discussing a report of foot prints in a field south of Townline Road. Air 1 has just been moved to that field, where a border batrol K-9 unit found the tracks.

UPDATE: 1:01 p.m.: Maj. Cummings of the NYSP just told the assembled media that the cordoned area is 5 miles.  Sheriff Maha said, "We have two suspects in custody. We have this person identified. He might as well give up."  Cummings encouraged people in the area to make sure their cars and houses are locked and don't let anybody in.

UPDATE 1:10 p.m.: Sheriff Maha just requested that all schools be unlocked. "We have two suspects in custody and a good idea where the third suspect is, so we don't see any reason to have any schools locked."

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UPDATE: Took a while to get this video processed ... it's not quite done.  My battery is almost dead, so I'm inserting the code for it now ... should appear shortly ... and shutting down laptop unless there is a significant development.

UPDATE: 2:30 a.m.: The at-large suspect has been identified as Michael J. Wells, 24, of Buffalo. He is 6' and 200 lbs. No other details about his background were releases.  If my battery lasts long enough, I'll post a photo shortly.

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UPDATE 2:42: The third suspect is in custody.

UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: Below is cellphone video submitted by Paul G. Barrett of Batavia depicting the apprehension of the final of three bank robbery suspects after a five-hour manhunt.

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Howard, I know you will keep us posted. This right in mine & my family's backyard. Scary
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I got info that there was a robbery at M&T in Elba
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also that the school is on lockdown
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Oh Wow, great coverage Howard!!
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Lock down of Batavia middle school is on now.Maybe its because of this my son Daniel called.
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It is correct the M&T bank in Elba was robbed and the suspects were scene taking off in a black trailblazer with very dark tinted windows and no plates on the vehicle headed down batavia elba townline rd. They then dumped the vehicle and are on foot. Believe they have one in custody at this time.
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I hear ya Laura! There's LOTS of hiding spots behind my house, being on a dead end street and having all the ponds back there.
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That's news at it finest.And first that's why the Batavian is important.
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Great story Howard. Keep us posted. Now this is great news coverage.
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I'd like to know where these bank robbers are from, what town/city.
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You will know by tomorrow's police blotter :)
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Good reporting job Howard...Great pictures..
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I just got an automated message from the Batavia City School District - schools are on lockdown.
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I just received a phone call from the county office. Is that a new feature to alert people of situations? I wonder what will happen with regents that are supposed to happen this afternoon? Can they still give it? What about the kids that arent in the school yet?
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When on lockdown, no one can go in or out. I was suppose to go to my grandson's preK graduation this afternoon. so it's a sit and wait.
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There are procedures about emergencies when it comes to Regents (something happened in my high school during finals one year and they had a plan in place)
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Very good questions Nancy. Luckily my daughter doesn't have any tests today.
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Nancy, When I was taking exams about 9 years ago, there were make up days.
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I called the high school directly and they said they are letting the students in for testing but not letting anyone out until they get the "all clear" from the state police.
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I live behind Middle School, and just saw some kids in the parking lot. I heard sirens at the same time. maybe a fire alarm or something. Update: Batavia Middle, the kids were turned away at the door because of the lockdown.
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Karen....Batavia or Oakfield?
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I wish someone armed came into my house. They would either have to add murder to the list of charges or start filling out a death certificate.
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Channel 4 just led the newscast at noon with the story and credited Howard and The Batavian with breaking the story and pictures online. GREAT JOB!
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Way to go Howard!!!
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Awesome Howard!! You are a great reporter. Good for you. I've been staying tuned to the scanner, and Air 1 searching for the last guy. Glad to see the dogs on this too!! Told the girls at JK about your up to the minute reports.
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My husband just drove down 262....Fisher Road is closed at that intersection. Seemed like quite a bit activity down there...police qnd helicopter
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Road block at corner of 98 and Elba Townline Road. Just stopped and searched his car. The policemen just said 1 at large. Police posted all along 98 right up to thruway.
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Howard, if u stumble upon any of that "money trail" pick some up for me !
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Moved Heli to south side of townline rd. where k-9 unit has found tracks!! Grey house with pine trees around it. First house on the right of Townline Rd.
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what happens to schools if one suspect is still on loose at dismissal time? Especially here in Oakfield?
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I dont know nancy. I hope they catch him. I would think they have inferred camera on Air 1. Come on guys, GET-Um.
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Nancy, I talked to Pat Baubie today because graduation practice is today. They are letting the Sr.'s in for that, but as for exams, I don't know. At dismissal time, if the lockdown is not lifted, the kids stay there.
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That first house on the right on Townline Rd belongs to the Gelders.
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At door of 3600 Townline Rd. Knowone answering.
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I hope this fugitive wasn't taught about woodsmanship from BUCKY! Those kids will never get out of school.
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I think exams started as planned.
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I believe OACS is letting kids in for exams, but possibly not letting them leave. I know one student should have been home by 10:30, and she's still there. The big kids can handle it. I worry more about the elementary kids. A.M. pre-k is still there and should have been out by 11 I think. P.M. pre-k is cancelled.
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They are letting them in just not out my cousin just went down there for an exam
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I thought during lockdown NO ONE was supposed to be allowed into schools, except emergency personnel. Doesnt letting kids in, even for exams and rehearsal, go against the whole lock down procedure?
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Jimmy Cherry was supposed to get an award today at Robert Morris.They canceled the awards till Tuesday at 1. Daniel Said he had lunch.I must go get him and physically appear, so i'll go pick him up on my bike.Why did they have to rob a bank today?Especially Elba bank?
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Each school district has their own lockdown policies.
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good job--------one to go ---------god bless!!
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Just talked to my friend Bill, who said Air 1 is right behind his house, searching. He didnt know anything about it. I told him to lock his doors!!
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Just said to call Boces and tell them the lockdown isnt needed at this point. The dispatch said to call Batavia Schools and let them know.
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I received a phone call from Elba Central stating the Sherriffs office ordered their lockdown . I got that call at 10:20 this morning. They are letting kids in to take their exams just cant leave after.And noone in the building has been allowed to leave .
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I didn't hear anything about Byron-Bergen being in lock down? Some reports say all Genesee County schools are in lock down. Great reporting Howard !
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I just got a call from one of the robbers, he said he just robbed the bank cause he wanted everyone to stop commenting on the City Worker painting the dang light post.
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WOW ! That was Live News Coverage I dont think anyone could do so quickly and utilize the internet . With something as important as the safety of peoples children made this coverage so valuable. Thanks Howard.
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The plan was to rob the bank in Elba then hightail it over to Oakfield and get lost in the crowd. I hope I don't know any of those fools.
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Finally at 1:25 got an automated phone message from O/A School notifying parent that they are in lockdown until further notice. Don't know about that 1:10 post Howard.

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