Two more arrests have been made in the
case of a drug deal gone bad, Erie County sheriff's deputies
reported Friday night.
Eugene A. Todie, 20, of Kenmore, and Levi G. Phillips, 17,
of Grand Island, each were charged with felony counts of
robbery and assault, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal
possession of a weapon.
Deputies said the arrests completed an investigation of an
Oct. 25 robbery of Grand Island resident Stephen Spath, which
occurred in a car driven by Timothy J. Higgins, 19, who was
arrested that night. Spath allegedly solicited Phillips
because he wanted to buy some marijuana; once the car reached
Spath's home, he was accosted by Higgins and robbed of about
$50, authorities said.
Todie, a passenger, is accused of wrapping a cord around
Spath's neck and choking him. Spath then was pushed from the
The arrests were made Wednesday by Detective Kenneth
Stevens and Deputy Kevin Stephens. Following arraignment,
Todie was sent to the county holding center in lieu of $5,000
bail and Phillips was released to his parents' custody.