Auburn man who evaded police in nine-hour standoff admits to attempted robbery

On the morning of March 11, Bradley Strange approached a man outside of Auburn and asked for a ride home. But when the Good Samaritan got within the city limits, Strange told the 75-year-old to stop the car — and then pulled out a knife.

In Cayuga County Court Thursday, Strange admitted he tried to rob the man in the area of Wall and Washington streets in Auburn, slicing the victim’s hands with the knife. He then said he fled the area and ended up on the roof of 51 Orchard St. where a nine-hour standoff ensued.

Strange, 34, of 112 Janet St., eventually came off the roof and was charged with first-degree attempted robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and three counts of second-degree assault, all felonies, as well as resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor. However, on Thursday, he pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery and resisting arrest in full satisfaction of the indictment.

A second felony offender, Strange was convicted of third-degree attempted robbery in March 2014 in Onondaga County. As such, he could have faced up to 15 years in prison. But in exchange for his pleas of guilty, Strange will likely receive 10 years in prison and five years post-release supervision. He will also have to pay restitution for the victim’s medical bills and sign a permanent order of protection.

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