Two arrested for armed robbery

SARANAC LAKE - Saranac Lake Police arrested two Lake Placid men last week after they allegedly attempted to rob a man by threatening him with a fake handgun.

Lawrence Callaghan, 27, and Michael Hirach, 22, both of Lake Placid, were each arrested July 23 and charged with attempted robbery in the second degree, a Class D felony, as well as assault and menacing.

According to police, the two men allegedly held up another male who was parking his car in a village parking lot between Broadway and Church Street around 9:30 p.m. July 22. The victim was not identified.

"He was exiting his vehicle when one of the attackers grabbed him by the throat and thrust a gun to his head while forcing him back into the car," police said in a statement. "The attacker threatened to shoot the victim if did not give him money."

Police say the victim was able to push the attacker away and exit the car.

"The two attackers punched and kicked at the victim, knocking him to the ground," said police.

After a brief struggle, the victim was reportedly able to break free and called police on his cell phone as the attackers fled.

An investigation secured evidence and statements leading to the identity of the two attackers, who police arrested the following day. The investigation also revealed that the gun allegedly used in the hold-up was a plastic replica handgun.

Both suspects were arraigned and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of bail.

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