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Zagari pleads not guilty to 9 counts

Rochester, N.Y. - Vincenzo Zagari, the shoplifting suspect shot by a Monroe County Sheriffs Deputy in January, has pleaded not guilty to nine charges during a court appearance Friday morning.

All the charges relate to crimes allegedly committed on January 22, near Pittsford Plaza. Authorities claim Zagari stole a car in Spencerport, then shoplifted from the Pittsford Wegmans, then attempted a car-jacking while fleeing from security. 

A pursuit ended when a deputy shot Zagari in the parking lot across the street from the Pittsford Plaza. 

The Sheriff claims Zagari threatened the deputy with a hammer and then a realistic-looking pellet gun.

Zagari is also considered a suspect in an attempted bank robbery in Spencerport the day before. 

During all of this, Zagari was on probation stemming from his arrest after the 2012 shooting of another man in the Town of Wheatland.

The charges against Zagari are as follows:

Menacing a police officer
Two counts of attempted robbery (2nd degree) 
One count of grand larceny (3rd degree)
One count of petty larceny
One count menacing (2nd degree)
One count of possession of stolen property (4th degree)
Two drug charges for alleged cocaine and heroin possession

Zagari is due back in court in April. 

A grand jury could hear evidence related to the attempted bank robbery in Spencerport before then.

Members of Zagaris family were present in court Friday, but had no comment. 

Zagari was in court, in a wheelchair.  

 
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