Three arrested after September robbery attempt

Jonathan Rhodes / photo: OCSO

Three men are under arrest after police say they tried to rob a home in Clay two months ago.

According to the Onondaga County Sheriff TMs Office, detectives have charged three men in a robbery attempt at the Casual Estates mobile home park off of Route 57 in Clay. Police say that on the morning of September 9, 45-year-old Thomas Parks encountered two masked men outside of his home on Clacton Court. The men, armed with handguns, confronted Parks. Parks and the men got into a physical altercation, and pepper spray was used on Parks. The suspects then ran off into a wooded area, and witnesses reported hearing gunshots as the men fled the scene.

Deputies have charged 20-year-old Desmine Williams of Park Street in Syracuse, 22-year-old Shaudell Howard of Albury Court in Liverpool, and 19-year-old Jonathan Rhodes of Church Street in North Syracuse with felony attempted robbery, felony criminal use of a firearm, misdemeanor menacing, misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child, and misdemeanor unlawful possession of noxious material. All three were arraigned in the Town of Clay Court on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

Deputies say Parks and Howard knew each other, and Parks was targeted because the suspects believed he was in possession of drugs and money.

Police say Williams and Howard were the two men who confronted Parks while Rhodes waited in a parked car nearby.

Later in the day on September 9 , schools in the Oswego County Village of Phoenix were locked down when police responded to a residence after receiving reports of a home invasion. At the time it was speculated that the two incidents were related, and the Oswego County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday they can't say for certain the three men arrested in Onondaga County are connected to that incident in Phoenix the same day.