State police say an argument that turned violent outside a Duanesburg restaurant led to the arrest of two brothers and the discovery of a marijuana-growing operation one of them had in Esperance.
Justin R. Annis, 31, of Esperance, was charged with felony counts of second-degree robbery and second-degree assault. His brother, Joseph S. Ennis, 33, of Schenectady, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawfully growing marijuana. Investigators were initially called to the Route 20 Stewart's Shop in Duanesburg on Saturday evening after someone reported an argument between customers at Jonathan's Pizzeria across the street. Troopers arrived to find a one-armed, 68-year-old man who had bruises to his face and head.
The man reported being intimidated by Justin Annis and initially refused to press charges, according to police. Further investigation determined that the younger Annis assaulted the man and took $30 from his wallet, troopers said.
An alert customer recorded the license plate of Justin Annis' vehicle, allowing investigators to track him back to his home on Burtonsville Road. Upon arriving to talk with Annis, troopers said they discovered marijuana plants and marijuana, prompting Justin Annis to flee into a wooded area.
Joseph Annis was subsequently cited for growing and possessing marijuana, then released on an appearance ticket. Troopers were unable to find the younger Annis and secured a warrant for his arrest.
Justin Annis turned himself in at the Princetown barracks of the state police Monday evening.
He was arraigned in Duanesburg Town Court and ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bond, according to police.