BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Police have made a surprising arrest in the recent robberies near Canisius College.
Diondre Brown, who recently got out of jail after serving time for being a "lookout" while his uncle set fire to a puppy, has been charged in one attack, and may be responsible for a second.
Both students told police their attacker used a gun.
In the first incident, a female student was attacked, and when she screamed, the mugger used his gun to pistol whip her before fleeing. In the second incident, a male student had his iPhone stolen.
Five days later, police arrested Brown, who first came into the media spotlight for the heartbreaking torture and burning of the Jack Russell puppy now known as "Phoenix."
Commissioner Daniel Derenda said, "We got numerous tips from the public. We worked with Canisius College Public Safety, which was also instrumental in getting to the point of this arrest."
Immediately after the attacks were reported, Public Safety officials flooded the campus and surrounding neighborhood with emails, warning students and staff of the imminent danger.
Public Safety Director Gary Everett said, "And we noticed a lot of students were paying attention to the warnings, talking to the police officers who were in the car, on foot. We had a lot of police cars because we had to prepare while the suspect was outstanding."
Police recovered a BB gun at Brown's home, which they suspect was used in the attacks.
Brown pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges and was sentenced to probation after getting credit for the six months he spent in jail.
His uncle, 19-year-old Adell Ziegler, pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty and is now serving a two-year sentence in prison.
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