Buffalo man, wanted in homicide case, arrested in Lansing

A suspect wanted in connection with a murder in Buffalo was arrested in Lansing Wednesday following an armed robbery call.

It all happened around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the Econo Lodge off Triphammer Road.

A woman told Tompkins County Sheriff’s deputies and responding officers from the Cayuga Heights and Ithaca Police departments that she was held at gunpoint by a man, and gave them a brief description.

Turns out he didn’t get far, as deputies say they arrested Elhajji Elshabazz, 23, near the Pizza Hut restaurant in the same shopping center.

Deputies say they found a handgun on Elshabazz.

The Buffalo man now faces four local charges, including robbery, criminal use of a firearm, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Buffalo Police were looking for Elshabazz in connection with the death of a 96-year-old man in Buffalo last November. Police say the man was beaten during a home invasion, and later died from his injuries.

Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department Senior Investigator Jody Coombs said Thursday that they reached out to the Buffalo Police Department shortly after arresting Elshabazz.

The 23-year-old is in the Tompkins County Jail and is being held without bail. He has an appearance scheduled in Lansing Town Court next week.









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