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Armed suspect posted a video before allegedly robbing a 7-Eleven in Lyons

Kaci Jones
Updated: September 18, 2019 08:37 AM
Created: September 17, 2019 10:35 PM

LYONS, N.Y. (WHEC) — The robbery suspect whose actions have already led to a manhunt, a school lockout, and the cancellation of Wednesday's classes for Lyons schools can be heard calling himself a "freak show" in a YouTube video.

"[I'm] A complete (expletive) freak show, I’m not afraid to show anybody, I’m not... because I can’t be (expletive) caught," said 28-year-old Brandon Burgess in the video.

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That video was posted on YouTube shortly before authorities say he robbed a 7-Eleven on Route 318 and 14 in Phelps on Tuesday morning. 

"He was wearing a mask with what appeared to be a long gun assault rifle, and demanded cash and some other items from the clerk," said Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson, describing the scene. "The individual [then] fled the scene in a stolen vehicle."

The sheriff says that that car was later found at the Ontario County/Seneca County line. Authorities from those departments, as well as the New York State Police and Geneva Police, searched the area, but they were unable to find Burgess.

Henderson says they now believe he is in the Wayne County area, which led to the lockouts at the Wayne Central and Lyons Central school districts. 

The Lyons Central School District canceled classes Wednesday as law enforcement continue to search for Burgess. School officials said that the decision was made to "allow time for local law enforcement agencies to continue their investigation and with student safety being our top focus and priority." 

Authorities consider him armed and dangerous and describe him as having dark hair, facial hair, and tattoos on his neck and arms.

From family and social media, a portrait has begun to emerge of Burgess, who was also known as Elliot Taylor on social media. His truck, found in Lyons, had his alias sprayed on it.

Loved ones say that Burgess has been struggling in past months.

"His father died a couple months ago," said Niki O'Sullivan, Burgess' cousin. "Ever since then, he's been lost. He's a lost soul right now."

O'Sullivan says her cousin has also become increasingly interested in Area 51 conspiracies, possibly in connection to a since-canceled Facebook event that urged people to "storm" the infamous Air Force test site

"Really he’s just trying to be famous," O'Sullivan said, before speaking to her cousin through news cameras.

"I hope you wasn’t doing this to try to get there (Area 51), but Burg, if you're hearing this: We love you, just turn yourself in," she said. "We’re here for you, buddy."

Anyone with information on Burgess is urged to call 911. Authorities expect to provide more updates on Wednesday morning. 


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