Off-duty police officer stops robbery suspect in Kenmore

Tyler Williamson

KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Officer Christopher Ryan was off-duty Wednesday evening, driving through Kenmore, when he heard the sound of glass breaking.

The Town of Tonawanda police officer observed 19-year-old Tyler Willamson fleeing the scene of the McDonalds at 3354 Sheridan Drive.

According to police reports, Williamson, a Lackawanna resident, had just brandished a baseball bat at the clerk and demanded cash. The clerk gave Williamson an undetermined amount of cash, and the suspect left the store, using the bat to smash a glass door as he walked out.

Ryan lost sight of  Williamson several time but was able to track him down and apprehend him about two blocks away, without incident.

Williamson is being held in Town of Tonawanda jail, awaiting arraignment.

He is charged with robbery, menacing, criminal mischief and weapons possession. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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