The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

March 6, 2013

Town cops nab robbery suspect

Staff Reports
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — An man with a slew of past arrests in the Tonawandas allegedly robbed two town stores in the span of four days, Town of Tonawanda police said. 

Patrick R. Bugman, 33, of the town, was arrested Monday morning following the two robberies. 

The first incident took place Friday at 12:35 a.m. at the Tim Hortons located at 2060 Military Road.

Bugman, described in the police report as a 5-foot-5 white male in his early 30s, entered the coffee shop a gray hoodie and approached the clerk.

“I’m going to need you to empty out the cash register,” Bugman allegedly told the clerk, while making it look like he had a gun in his pocket. 

The clerk gave Bugman approximately $60, and according to the police report, Bugman got in a four-door vehicle and traveled south on Military Road. 

“Two retired police officers were in the store at the time and were able to get a good look at the suspect and the vehicle he got into,” a statement from the department reads.

Then, early Monday morning at about 1:50 a.m., another robbery took place at the 7-Eleven at Elmwood Avenue and Sheridan Drive.

The clerk described a white male wearing a gray hoodie, who demanded money from the cash register and stole $25. Not long after the 911 call, officers found Bugman, who matched the description, on School Street, a nearby side street.

“With help from the retired police officers and other evidence collected, it didn’t take long for investigators to connect Bugman to the Tim Hortons case,” the statement reads. 

Bugman was then charged with two counts third-degree robbery and two counts of third-degree menacing. He was arraigned on the charges in town court and is being held at Erie County Holding Center.

Bugman has been previously arrested in both the city and town of Tonawanda.

“He is somebody that has been arrested numerous times,” Lt. Nick Bado, of the town police department, said. “We are familiar with him.”

In December of 2012, he was arrested in the City of Tonawanda on a bench warrant for DWI, and in September of the same year, he turned himself in on a city warrant for driving under the influence of drugs. 

In March 2009, he was involved in an accident on Thurston Avenue in the town and was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs. 

A witness said he saw Bugman “swerve wildly back and forth across the two lanes of traffic before quickly turning east onto Thurston” from Military Road. He then flipped his car and landed on the front lawn of a home, according to News reports from the time.