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Teen admits armed robbery of Cape Vincent business


WATERTOWN — A teenager admitted Monday in Jefferson County Court that he robbed a Cape Vincent business while displaying what appeared to be a handgun.

Rafael E. Cabrera-Jones, 18, of 7391 Route 3, Pulaski, pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery, further admitting that he stole cash from a business during the Jan. 3 robbery.

He was subsequently sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation. His probation supervision will be transferred to Oswego County. He was also granted youthful offender status.

Mr. Cabrera-Jones was charged with holding up two Broadway businesses, the Cape Dairy convenience store and the Cape Vincent Liquor Store. Two victims said Mr. Cabrera-Jones wore a ski mask, held them at gunpoint and demanded cash.Police said at the time that more than $900 in cash, a bottle of vodka and a packet of cigarettes were taken from the businesses.

The teenager had arrived in Cape Vincent from Puerto Rico about a week before the robbery and was staying with his father in the village.

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