UPDATE: 3 Nunda residents charged with robbery attempt that left one man injured

Nunda Police Department Photographs From left, Eric Garrison, Samuel Garrison and Willie Felton McCullough. The three have been charged in connection with a robbery attempt Dec. 19 in Nunda that left one person injured.

NUNDA – Three Nunda residents have been charged with attempted robbery in connection with an incident last night in Nunda that left one person with a facial injury, reports Nunda Police Chief Ryan J. Dale.

Charged with second-degree attempted robbery were Eric Garrison, no age given; Samuel Garrison, 43, and Willie Felton-McCullough, 18. The charge is a class E felony punishable by up to seven years in state prison.

Felton-McCullough was additionally charged with second-degree assault, a class D felony; and second-degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor. The assault charge is punishable by up to seven years in state prison.

All three men are being held in Livingston County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond following arraignment in Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at Livingston County Jail.

The initial call stated a gunshot wound to the face, but the preliminary investigation found no firearm was utilized, Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said.

The investigation began when Dale, while on patrol, was approached by a car occupied by five individuals who stated that they had just been robbed. The operator of the vehicle reported to the chief that he had been shot, though it was later determined after interviewing the victim and witnesses that there was no shooting, Dale said.

The victim had been assaulted with a pellet pistol, causing an injury to his face, Dale said.

The victim was transported by Nunda EMS to Noyes Hospital and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Multiple police units had responded to the area to assist and it was discovered that the three suspects “were contained to a small area and didn’t pose a safety concern for the community,” Dale said.

The three suspects were located a short time later and were all taken into custody without incident, Dale said.

The investigation reportedly began around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The incident prompted a large police presence in Nunda on Wednesday night. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and State Police assisted Nunda Police in the investigation and apprehension of the suspects. New York State Park Police, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and Livingston County District Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

Several Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies, investigators, forensics identification unit technicians, drone pilots, K9s and Command Staff members, including Undersheriff Matthew Bean, were on the scene last night.

Social media posts by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and Nunda Police on Dec. 19 indicated that the investigation was focused in an area near Kiwanis Park.

Dougherty said the community was “well protected” and “it was known quickly that this was an isolated incident.” He said the department posted about the incident on social media “for all to be at ease as they settled in for the evening.”

Reaction on social media was mixed - with comments saying their appreciated the updates, while others expressed frustration at a lack of details or updates as Thursday afternoon approached. A comment on a Sheriff’s Office Facebook post from a woman identifying herself as a teacher said she had students still concerned Thursday morning about the incident.

Keshequa Central School Superintendent Thomas Kopp said the district was “fully apprised before school began of the incident that transpired last night.”

“After consulting with my leadership team and our school resource officer, I determined that our day would move forward on its regular schedule and we would follow our normal safety and security procedures,” Kopp said in an email to The Livingston County News. “Our students were safe throughout the day and it was uneventful other than the normal ‘hub-hub’ of two days before vacation.”

Kiwanis Park is at 24 Portage St. in Nunda. Keshequa Central School is about one-third of a mile away on Mill Street.

Original story, 9 a.m.

Three men are in custody at Livingston County Jail following an investigation into an incident near Kiwanis Park in Nunda on Wednesday night, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

The initial call stated a gunshot wound to the face, but the preliminary investigation shows no firearm was utilized, Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said in a statement posted to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page this morning.

Dougherty said injuries were minor.

The nature of the injuries or the number of people injured has not been released.

The names of the men in custody and any charges against them have not been released.

The investigation reportedly began around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Kiwanis Park is at 24 Portage St. in Nunda.

Several patrol deputies, investigators, forensics identification unit technicians, drone pilots, K9s and Command Staff members, including Undersheriff Matthew Bean, were on the scene last night.

The Sheriff’s Office teams with Nunda Police Department and State Police are involved in the investigation, which is continuing.

Nunda Police Chief Ryan Dale asked residents to “please be patients as we have to prioritize finishing up the case.”

Nunda Police is continuing the investigation and is expected to provide an update in the future.

Dougherty said the community was “well protected” and “it was known quickly that this was an isolated incident.” He said the department posted about the incident on social media “for all to be at ease as they settled in for the evening.”

Dale said this morning that all the suspects involved in last night’s incident have been apprehended and arrested. Dale also said that no firearms were involved “and there is no concern for public safety regarding this incident.”

Additional details were not available this morning.

Keshequa Central School Superintendent Thomas Kopp said the district was “fully apprised before school began of the incident that transpired last night.”

“After consulting with my leadership team and our school resource officer, I determined that our day would move forward on its regular schedule and we would follow our normal safety and security procedures,” Kopp said in an email to The Livingston County News. “Our students were safe throughout the day and it was uneventful other than the normal ‘hub-hub’ of two days before vacation.”

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