How Brandon Burgess was caught

Berkeley Brean
Updated: September 19, 2019 10:30 AM
Created: September 18, 2019 07:17 PM

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Brandon Burgess, the armed robbery suspect who led authorities on a day-long manhunt, has been caught and has already appeared in court to plead not guilty to charges. So how was he caught?

This is the story of how, and why some other decisions were made.


Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson says the capture all started on Wednesday with a tip: Burgess was in Phelps, the same town where his initial robbery took place. 

"Which turned out to be a good lead," said Henderson.

The tip also gave a description of a car. They found it in Seneca County. 

Berkeley Brean, News10NBC: "Did you stop the vehicle or was it already stopped and you happen upon?"

Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson: "A stop was made, and the suspect, Mr. Burgess, fled from the vehicle on foot, and we had a foot pursuit, [a] foot chase." 

In a photo from, Burgess is seen having shaved his head. That was different from how he look on Sunday, when police say he posted rambling videos with a full head of hair threatening to do something.

Before dawn on Tuesday morning, police say he robbed the 7-Eleven in Phelps with a gun.

Police later found his graffitied truck near the canal in Lyons. They say he stole and dumped another car before he disappeared.

Berkeley Brean: "Sheriff, he is alleged to have robbed a convenience store. What was the threat to the public?"

Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson: "Well, he was armed. He fled the scene."

Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson: "He did not hesitate to rob a store and use a weapon, so our concern is what would he do to somebody that may have crossed his path?"

On Tuesday, three school districts in Wayne County went into lockout and deputies escorted school buses home. Lyons remained closed on Wednesday. We asked Wayne County's sheriff if anything Burgess had said in his videos had led to that.

Berkeley Brean:  "In the videos, he talked, and he referenced the movie Taken, he talked about taking somebody. Was there somebody in school, a child or a staff, that was targeted?"

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts:  "Sheriff Henderson and I had several conversations about that. In the video, we did not believe that there was anyone in school that was a threat or to be a threat."

Ultimately, Virts says it was all precautionary.

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