Police: Four people ID’ed after robbing SUNY Cobleskill students

COBLESKILL, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Police arrested four people in connection to the armed robbery that took place on SUNY Cobleskill’s campus.

Authorities said two freshman students reported being robbed by individuals who confronted them with a long firearm and demanded their money and other items.

“We were both frozen, and we couldn’t believe that, like, something like that was happening to us,” Lucas Melnyk said.

Just before 10 p.m. Saturday, 17-year-old Melnyk and his friend were walking on Albany Avenue when a car suddenly pulled up to them, pointed a gun at them, and demanded everything they had.

Melnyk handed over his wallet, cash, and his McDonald’s meal. As soon as they car sped off, he caught the license plate number and reported it to police.

The four suspects are being identified as 22-year-old Dylan Foote, from Sharon Springs, 21-year-old Tashar Thomas, from Richmondville, and 16-year-old Lexi Bohringer, from Cobleskill. There was also a 14-year-old juvenile from Preston Hollow, who is not being identified.

Melnyk said he is extremely grateful for their immediate action.

“The quick response, I’m extremely thankful,” he said. “The quick response from the state police, and it’s given me and my friends, as well, a huge sense of relief to the whole incident.”

The four defendants were each charged with Robbery in the first degree, a felony.

“It still makes me anxious to be walking around the school just knowing that it’s open and that there is the possibility that someone could drive up if they so please,” Melnyk said.

Melnyk thought he would never be held at gunpoint. He was only in his second week of college after moving from Canada.

“It is pretty upsetting,” he said. “Just to be at my first year of school and to have an incidence such as this happen. And it is also a big disappointing to not see any immediate action.”

SUNY Cobleskill Dir. of Communications Jim Feldman said the school has been working closely with NYSP in the investigation, and the school encourages students to continue their usual activities despite what happened.

“The college community appreciates the quick response in support of the New York State Police provided to the campus,” Feldman said. “We encourage all members of the campus to continue to engage in practices and continue to look out for one another.”

Melnyk and his friend were not injured. The school also said an e-mail was sent to students the day of the incident.

The school is urging anyone who has an emergency to use the campus blue light phones.

Foote, Thomas and Bohringer were sent to the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office after their arraignment. The juvenile was also charged as an adult and was detained in a secure youth detention facility.

The investigation is ongoing.

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