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Rochester teen charged with murder taken into custody in Auburn

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A teen wanted in connection with a Rochester murder investigation has been taken into custody in Auburn.

The Auburn Police Department reported that officers stopped a person who was illegally riding a motorized bicycle in Auburn.

Upon investigation, it was determined that the operator of the motorized bicycle, who was acting in a suspicious manner when officers inquired about his identity, was 17-year-old Anthony Grimes.

“The persistence of the officers during this stop, led them to the true identity of Grimes. Great collaboration between the two agencies,” APD said in a statement after the arrest.

Grimes was wanted for the June 11 murder of Yasir Clark, a 24-year-old, who was shot to death at the corner of East Avenue and Lawrence Street in Rochester.

Meanwhile, the Rochester Police Department identified Grimes as the shooter in that murder.

“This was not a random shooting,” RPD said. “Grimes was loitering in the area throughout the night with a group of other individuals. Earlier in the evening there was an argument between Grimes and the victim. They were separated and dispersed.”

That’s when Grimes observed Clark exit a vehicle, and he killed him, according to police.

Police in Rochester said Grimes remained uncooperative during arraignment in Rochester on second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon charges.

Two months before the June murder Grimes had been arrested for possessing a loaded handgun.