3 teens in custody after a knifepoint robbery and chase in Gates

GATES, N.Y. (WHEC) — Three teens were detained after a knifepoint robbery in a Gates home led to a chase Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the incident started when a woman, who had just arrived at her Elmgrove Road Extension home, heard her doorbell ring and went to answer it. She was greeted by the three suspects, threatening her with a knife and demanding money.

The suspects took off in a car stolen in a previous robbery. The woman was not hurt.

The car was spotted on the onramp to Route 531. Two 14-year-olds were taken into custody while another fled. The third suspect, is 17, was eventually taken into custody at the 1000 block of Wegman Road, near Gates Chili High School just before 2 p.m. Police say he was wearing an ankle monitor from Ontario County in connection to charges by the Canandaigua Police for an incident that happened over the summer.

Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode said he’s disturbed that the suspects are so young.

"If we want this nonsense to stop, we need parental involvement," VanBrederode said. "There is no reason why two 14-year-olds and I don’t know the age of the third one, is out here, on a Tuesday when they’re not in school. Who’s responsible? Who’s helping us to make sure these kids are not getting themselves into trouble, or, God forbid, one of them got killed today?"

State Police, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Gates Police were searching the area near Wegman Road for about an hour, while the Gates Chili Campus was put in lock out. The school lifted the lock out at around 1:45 p.m.

Police say the names of the suspects are not being released right now.

VanBrederode said all three are being held by Probation Intake at the Youth Detention Center in Rush and are due in Youth Court on Wednesday.

They were all charged with first degree attempted burglary and first degree attempted robbery.

VanBrederode said he expects one of the 14-year-olds will be charged on Wednesday by four other law enforcement agencies for what he described as "some other very serious offenses occurring since April when all of the armed car jackings were occurring."

He said he will be able to share more specific information on Wednesday.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday said the truck that was involved in the chase was stolen the night of Nov. 1, 2021, from a house on Cape Henry Trail in Henrietta.

Deputies say the 17-year-old from Rochester and the 14-year-old from Canandaigua were both charged with second degree burglary and third degree grand larceny for the theft. They were given expedited juvenile appearance tickets.

Ogden Police say the 17-year-old involved is also a suspect in an April carjacking on Hobbs Lane.