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Phelps manhunt suspect calls News10NBC from jail: “I robbed the store”

The man who led authorities on a manhunt that lasted more than 24-hours called a local newsroom as he sit in jail this week.

Brandon Burgess called News10NBC from the Ontario County Jail. Burgess led police on that manhunt after robbing a convenience store near Exit 42 of the New York State Thruway in Phelps.

He had previously called that newsroom making vague threats. It prompted a member of the team to alert Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts.

When asked ‘why’ he was calling the station’s newsroom, Burgess said, “because I’m sick of my picture floating around on the news looking like a psychopath.”

Burgess was not satisfied with his mugshot; and asked deputies to take a second. Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson told News10NBC that they have a one-shot policy on mugshots.

He shared his side of the robbery in that conversation with News10NBC. “So what I was going to do is I was on my way to the Thousand Islands. I did not plan on robbing that gas station. I stopped at that gas station to get a snack and a drink. I was going to disappear. I was going to come up missing,” he explained during the call.

Why did Burgess do it? He doesn’t exactly know, but says blacking out was part of it. “I don’t know. I blacked out. I went to the store to get a snack. I went and parked out back and I took a little nap. When I woke up I was walking through the door with that gun,” Burgess concluded.

Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts told News10NBC that an evolution determined that Burgess is ‘unfit to proceed’ with his case.

Read more about Burgess’ bizarre phone call to the News10NBC newsroom here.


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