Two Defendants Indicted for Armed Robbery at Lovejoy Convenience Store

Modified: July 28, 2022 3:15pm

7/28/2022

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 22-year-old Tyyon Brown of Buffalo was arraigned this morning before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case on an indictment charging him with the following offenses:

  • One count of Attempted Murder in the First Degree (Class “A-II” felony)
  • One count of Robbery in the First Degree (Class “B” violent felony)
  • One count of Attempted Robbery in the First Degree (Class “C” violent felony)
  • One count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felony)

His co-defendant, 19-year-old Israel McMillan of no permanent address, was also arraigned today before Judge Case on an indictment charging him with the following offenses:

  • One count of Robbery in the First Degree (Class “B” violent felony)
  • One count of Attempted Robbery in the First Degree (Class “C” violent felony)
  • One count of Criminal Possession of a Firearm (Class “E” felony)

It is alleged that on June 2, 2022, at approximately 4:55 p.m., the defendants, while acting in concert with one another, entered a convenience store on East Lovejoy Street in the City of Buffalo with the intent to commit an armed robbery. Defendant Brown was allegedly armed with an illegal, loaded revolver. Defendant McMillan was allegedly armed with what appeared to be an AR-style rifle. Both defendants are accused of forcibly stealing an unknown amount of cash from the register while armed with a deadly weapon.

It is further alleged that defendant Brown pointed the illegal revolver at a customer and demanded the victim’s wallet. When the victim refused, defendant Brown allegedly fired multiple shots at the victim before fleeing from the store.

The victim, a 60-year-old man, was shot twice. He was taken to ECMC where he was treated for inures to his left arm and left side.

Both defendants were located nearby by Buffalo Police shortly after the crime and taken into custody. Police found a revolver inside one of the defendant’s backpack. Police also found the AR-style BB gun hidden in a bush on Ideal Street. 

Brown and McMillan are scheduled to return on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. for a pre-trial conference. Both defendants, who have been remanded since their initial arraignment in Buffalo City Court on June 3, 2022, continue to be held without bail.

If convicted of the highest charge, Brown faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. If convicted of the highest charge, McMillan faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department for their work in this investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Rebecca L. Schnirel of the Major Crimes Unit.  

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.