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Case resumes for manhunt, robbery suspect in Ontario County

The Lyons man accused of robbing a Phelps convenience store has been deemed mentally competent to proceed in his case.

Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts said Brandon Burgess was arraigned Tuesday in county court on felony charges of robbery, grand larceny, tampering with physical evidence, and criminal mischief.

Judge Craig Doran adjourned the case to Feb. 3 for a conference and argument of pretrial motions.

The charges are related to the alleged Sept. 17 robbery of the 7-Eleven off Route 14 in Phelps. Police said Burgess displayed what appeared to be an assault-style rifle and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.

Authorities later said Burgess used an Airsoft gun that looked like a rifle.

Police said Burgess fled in a vehicle stolen from Halco. The abandoned vehicle was found on Pre-Emption Street in the town of Waterloo, prompting a roughly 30-hour manhunt involving numerous police agencies.

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