ROCHESTER — The Rochester Police Department reports that a suspect in the South Avenue homicide has been arrested.
Police say Kevin Quander, 59, of Rochester has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. They said Quander is currently on parole for first-degree robbery, and his release date was Jan. 12, 2017.
Police said officers responded to South Avenue just before 5 p.m. Thursday. Charlotte Lahr, 46, of Greece was found to be seriously injured at the business she owned, Char's South Ave. Wine and Liquor. Lahr was discovered with what police described as severe trauma to her upper body. She was pronounced dead following first aid attempts by Rochester police and firefighters.
Police closed off South Avenue and taped off a wide perimeter around the store at South Avenue and May Street Thursday night.
"We got called here for a robbery," Rochester police Captain Mark Wiater explained. "Apparently some customers walked in and found the employee down."
"I would completely think that that place would be fine. It doesn't make any sense to me at all," exclaimed Rochester Institute of Technology student Mickey Lavicska, a neighbor and regular customer at the store. Lavicska said he and his housemates frequented the store and had become friendly with its owner.
"I run through this neighborhood all the time, almost every single day, I go for a run or every night. I go for a walk," Lavicska said. "I'm completely shocked that this happened. This doesn't make any sense."