On Tuesday Jan. 26 at approximately 6:20 a.m. the Syracuse Police Department responded to Barbieri's Diner located at 350 N. Salina St. for a reported robbery. Witnesses said the suspect entered the Diner and sat at the counter waiting to be served. As soon as the waitress opened the cash register drawer the suspect threatened the waitress with a hand gesture mimicking a handgun. He then stole cash and fled. Witnesses saw the suspect enter a Silver Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle left the scene going south on N. State Street. towards James Street. The victim/waitress knew suspect as "Ty" she recognized him as a regular customer at the Diner. As the suspect fled a cook from the diner chased the suspect out of the store brandishing a large kitchen knife.
At about 7 a.m. Syracuse Police officer Tim Taylor located the suspect's vehicle unoccupied at 550 S. Clinton St. He set up surveillance to see if anyone would return to the car. At 7:10 a.m. Officer Taylor observed two suspects entering the Jeep. He attempted to stop the vehicle and a traffic pursuit began. Several officers assisted. At 7:14 a.m. the traffic pursuit ended at Daisy Street and South Ave. as the front bumper of the Jeep struck a fence post on the north side of the Southwest Community Center. The passenger, Ruben Mercado Berrios, age 50 of 550 South Clinton St, Syracuse was arrested after a brief foot pursuit by Police Officer Charles Lester and Police Officer Jocelyn Allbright. The driver and main robbery suspect, Albert L. Sherman Jr, age 29 of 825 Oak St., Syracuse, ran north from Daisy Street with officers in foot pursuit. At 7: 28 a.m. after a long pursuit on foot Sgt. Mike Mourey caught Albert L. Sherman Jr. at 679 - 681 W. Onondaga St. between two buildings.
Sherman is charged with Robbery third degree, and outstanding warrants for DWI. The second suspect Berrios was charged with an outstanding warrant for petit larceny.