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Police: Auburn man attempted to rob store at knifepoint

A 35-year-old Auburn man has been charged with an armed robbery attempt after an incident on Monday.

Auburn Police say Matthew Gauthier walked in to Custom Cleaners shortly before 12:45 pm armed with a knife and ordered two employees to the front counter, but left before he could get anything.

Police say Gauthier fled in one vehicle, which was found abandoned in a parking lot shortly after the alleged attempted robbery. A second vehicle was later found with Gauthier allegedly inside.

Authorities say the suspect was uncooperative and waived a knife at approaching officers, and was subdued through the use of a taser.

Gauthier has been charged with attempted armed robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. Police say Gauthier remains in custody pending arraignment.

Reporting by Joe Salzone, Cayuga County reporter for