• Woman denies robbery charge
    By Gordon Dritschilo
    Staff Writer | September 26,2013
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    A Pittsford woman is facing a felony charge for her alleged role in a mugging in Rutland.

    Jennifer R. Griffin, 39, of Furnace Road, pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court Wednesday to a single charge of assault and robbery with injury. If convicted, she would face a minimum of one year in prison and a maximum of 20. She was released on the conditions she stay away from the alleged victim and report to the Rutland Police Department within 48 hours for fingerprinting and photographs.

    Police said Sara Godda, 35, identified Griffin as one of two people who jumped her on Traverse Place late in the afternoon of Sept. 11.

    Godda told police Griffin and a man ran up behind her and that the man jumped on her back, dropped her face-first to the ground and put her in a choke hold, threatening to snap her neck if she moved. Then, she said, Griffin took her purse, cutting the strap with a pair of scissors. Godda said they ran off, passing her purse off to a third person dressed in black.

    As they ran off, Godda said one of her attackers shouted that a fourth person had told them to jump her.

    Police said they were also contacted by another person who witnessed the attack.

    Godda said her pocketbook contained more than $100 in cash she intended to use to pay her rent along with an inhaler, a pocket knife and keys to her house and her parents’ house. Godda also told police she suffered scratches and re-injured her shoulder and back during the attack.

    Police said they contacted Griffin on Tuesday at her Pittsford home “after multiple attempts” and issued her a citation. Police said investigation of the incident is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

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