Elderly man assaulted, robbed in Elmira after giving stranger a ride

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UPDATE: An arrest has been made in this case. Elmira police released the following details Monday night.

After the 2:00 PM press release about today’s robbery, the Elmira Police Department began to receive information from the public about the suspect through phone calls and social media posts.  Several tips were received which guided the investigation and the eventual apprehension of the suspect.  Information was developed that the suspect was near a residence on College Av. The suspect was observed in the area and then entering a vehicle that then left the area.  A traffic stop was conducted on W. Church St. and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. 

As a result of this investigation Troy M. Graves, a 51-year-old Elmira resident, was charged with Robbery 2nd, a class C violent Felony offense.  Graves was arraigned in Elmira City Court and remanded to the Chemung County Jail without bail.  Graves is also a suspect in at least one other similar incident that occurred in January 2020.  That incident is still under investigation.

The investigation into this matter continues.  The Elmira Police Department is asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607) 737-5626 or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.


ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – A 90-year-old man was robbed and assaulted by a man on Monday around noon after the suspect asked for a ride.

The victim was approached by the suspect who asked for a ride to Alexander Place.

While the vehicle was still in motion, the suspect began punching the victim numerous times in the face while demanding that the victim give him all of his money. The victim gave the suspect all of his money and then the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a light skinned black male, approx. 5’10” and about 170 lbs. He is approx. 50 years of age and was last seen wearing light colored jeans, dark shoes, olive green coat and a black winter knit style hat.

The victim is currently at a local hospital receiving treatment for his injuries and is expected to fully recover.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident or suspect please call the anonymous tip line at (607) 271-HALT.

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