LEON, NY (WIVB) - Sunday morning, an Amish couple fell victim to a terrifyingcrime in the Southern Tier.
Tonight we're learning more about the case.
Usually Amish county in Cattaraugus County is picaresque andquiet. So when a crime like this happens in this small, rural -predominately Amish community - it raises eyebrows.
"Like the Old West when I was a kid. Bandits on the highway,"said Leon resident Bill Scherman when describing yesterday'sattempted armed robbery of a young, recently married Amish couple,traveling on a road by horse and buggy.
Scherman continued, "The car had gone down the road and turnedaround, and came back and pulled right up in front of them andblocked them right, stopped the horse and buggy."
Authorities say one of the men in the car pulled a gun on thecouple and demanded money.
The Amish woman's father said, "They saw the flame coming out ofthe barrel." The woman's father did not want to be photographed butcontinued, "He had the gun right on them and he asked for thewallet. And then when they told him he doesn't have a wallet hejust pointed the gun a little beside her, and he fired."
Authorities say the suspect vehicle is described as a tan fullsized car, with 4 men inside.
Captain Robert Buchhardt of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff'sOffice said, "After about the third time of him demanding money andtheir wallets from them they explained to the people in the carthat they did not carry wallets and they did not have anymoney."
News of the incident has the Amish in the area on edge.
"I thought it was terrible and I thought it would scare anybody.It would scare me, big time," said one Amish man who was travelingin the area with his family.
"Everybody in the community is concerned. Everybody hopes theseguys get caught. We watch out for each other around here," saidScherman.
The suspects fled the scene empty handed. The young Amish couplewas shaken up but not injured. Authorities in Cattaraugus Countytell News 4 that they are working some good leads.
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