NYC man gets jail time for Saranac Lake robbery

MALONE – One of three men arrested in the Sept. 24 robbery of a Broadway apartment has been sentenced to a year behind bars.

Mouhamed Mbaye, 20, of New York City, pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree attempted robbery and second-degree criminal trespass. He was sentenced Monday by Franklin County Court Judge Robert G. Main Jr. to five years probation and 180 days in the Franklin County Jail on the attempted robbery charge, and a concurrent sentence of one year in jail on the criminal trespass charge.

Mbaye, who was a student at North Country Community College at the time of his arrest, was one of three men who barged into the apartment around 11 p.m. that night wearing bandannas to cover their faces and hoods over their heads. They allegedly brandished what police later determined was a pellet gun, which was used to hit one of the two men who lived in the apartment in the head. The trio stole two debit cards, a laptop, a cell phone, two backpacks and a pair of fixed-blade knives.

Police said information provided by witnesses who saw the suspects, either before or after the robbery that night, led to all three arrests.

Mbaye had initially faced charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, fourth-degree conspiracy and three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny.

The same charges were logged against the other two men involved in the robbery. Eighteen-year-old Cody J. Woodard, of Saranac Lake, pleaded guilty in February to third-degree burglary. He has yet to be sentenced.

Jeremiah Wilson, 20, of New York City, has not entered a plea in the case yet, according to the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office. He was also an NCCC student at the time of his arrest.