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Two in custody after robbery, assault at Byrne Dairy in Phelps

Sheriff Kevin Henderson says two people are in custody after a robbery and assault at the Byrne Dairy in Phelps.

It happened on Sunday around 1:20 a.m., according to a report released by the department on Monday.

Henderson says Troy Strickland, 19, of Phelps, and Almond Whitfield, 19, of Waterloo were charged with second-degree robbery – a Class C felony – after an investigation into a robbery and assault that happened at the Byrne Dairy in Phelps on Route 96.


A male and female victim were approached in their vehicle by three subjects, who proceeded to take their personal property and physically assault the male victim. The male suffered an injury to his eye and required medical treatment.

The male victim knew one of the suspects and was able to identify him as Strickland. A short time later on Church Street, deputies were working the investigation and found a vehicle matching the description of one driven by the suspects.

As deputies attempted to stop the vehicle – it did not comply – leading to a brief pursuit. The driver was identified as Strickland, who did stop the vehicle on Clifton Street in the village of Phelps.

Both were detained and officially charged at the jail. Strickland remains in custody at the Ontario County Jail due to a previous conviction, and his being on parole at the time of the incident. Whitfield was released on his own recognizance, Henderson said.

They say the investigation remains active and an additional arrest is pending.



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