Robbery Suspect Leads Deputies on High-Speed Chase


SALINA, NY – Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh reports that deputies have charged a Central Square man in connection with a robbery of a Salina restaurant that led police on a high-speed chase that ended in Oswego County.

Christopher Asmus
Christopher Asmus

At around 11 a.m. today (Nov. 29), sheriff deputies were called to a reported robbery that just occurred at the Subway Restaurant located at 127 Lawrence Road in the town of Salina.

Investigating deputies report that the suspect, later identified as Christopher Asmus, 34, of 3851 State Route 49, Central Square, had entered the Subway Restaurant and while purchasing an item, he reached over the counter and allegedly pushed a female restaurant employee while stealing the register drawer from her.

Asmus fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen by a witness, traveling northbound on Brewerton Road in a Chrysler Town and Country van, deputies said.

While deputies were searching the area for the vehicle, Deputy Luke Bickford spotted the van northbound on Interstate 81 in Cicero.

Deputy Bickford was able to stop the van however, Asmus then sped off, leading deputies on a high speed chase with speeds reaching more than 100 mph, according to the police report.

The pursuit, which lasted 15 minutes, ended after deputies deployed stop sticks on State Route 49, disabling Asmus’ van.

Asmus was taken into custody at which time deputies reportedly discovered that he had his two young children in the van.

Deputies recovered some of the proceeds and charged Asmus with one felony count of robbery in the 3rd degree.

Asmus was also charged in the town of Cicero for the misdemeanors of unlawful fleeing the police, (two counts) of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving and the traffic infractions of speeding and uninspected motor vehicle.

Asmus was arraigned in the Town of Salina Court where his bail was set at $25,000 cash/ $50,000 bond for the robbery.

He was also arraigned on the remaining charges that occurred in Cicero, with his bail being set at $5,000 cash/ $10,000 bond.

He is currently being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center and is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Cicero Court on December 2 and in the Town of Salina Court on December 4.

No injuries were reported in either incident and Asmus’s children were released to the custody of family members.