Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - 20-year-old Arthur Swain Jr. and 19-year-old Joshua Green pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court under Justice Christopher Burns. Police say during January 14th through March 2nd, Swain robbed six different businesses throughout Western New York. Areas impacted included Amherst, Town of Tonawanda, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Kenmore. It's alleged that in some cases, Swain held workers at gunpoint and tied up the victims with plastic zip ties. Prosecutors say Green was only involved in two of the six robberies, serving as an accomplice in a get away car. Swain and Green now face robbery and attempted robbery charges.
"These are serious crimes, class C violent felonies," said Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III. "If convicted of all the crimes Mr. Swain faces a maximum sentence of up to 67 years in a state prison."
Green faces a maximum sentence of 22 years behind bars. The two were arrested back in March in the Town of Tonawanda while trying to rob Katz Jewelery Store located on Delaware Avenue. Both men are expected back in court May 11th.