Batavia Police Thwart a Burglary in Progress

On 09/12/2022 at approximately 11:50 PM, the Genesee County Dispatch Center received a call from an observant citizen about people being inside Ken Barrett’s Chevrolet, located at 229 W. Main Street. Officers from the Batavia Police Department arrived and encountered 4 individuals fleeing out the back of the business. Two of the suspects, Darnell Cleveland (26) and Kanyia Coleman (18) of Buffalo, NY, were taken into custody at the scene by Batavia Police. The other 2 suspects, Craig Lynch Jr (21) and Nyejay Braction (18) from Buffalo, were taken into custody close to the scene. Cleveland provided a false name in an attempt to prevent officers from arresting him on several outstanding warrants, including a parole warrant. Lynch struggled with officers while being detained. No injuries occurred. Cleveland was charged with Burglary 3rd and Criminal Impersonation 2nd, Lynch was charged with Burglary 3rd, Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd, and Resisting Arrest. Braction and Coleman were charged with Burglary 3rd. All suspects were arraigned before Judge Rogers in Batavia City Court on 09/13/2022. In accordance with NYS bail reform, Cleveland and Lynch were released under the supervision of Genesee Justice. Cleveland was then remanded to the Genesee County Jail on his outstanding parole warrant. Braction and Coleman were released under their own recognizance.

The Batavia Police Department would like to thank the observant citizen, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York State Parole for their assistance.