In New York and all other states, robbery is the taking and converting of another's property by means of physical force. Armed robbery is the same offense but with a gun, knife or other deadly weapon displayed by the robber. Robbery and armed robbery are almost always felony charges, but the degree of felony depends on the state statute that classifies crimes.
Recently, the New York State Police arrested two men in Tompkins County for robbery and possession of cocaine. Police say that the two men, ages 31 and 33, forced the victim to the ground and then stole his clothing and backpack allegedly containing $3,000. The incident occurred at the Trumansburg Fair Grounds on the last day of the Grass Roots Festival.