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Buffalo Police announced the arrest of a local high school student in connection with a violent home invasion and assault that took place in November. YNN's Meg Rossman has more on the arrest and the ongoing investigation.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — "I think it's a good thing that someone was arrested,” Buffalo Common Councilman Darius Pridgen said Thursday. “It's a disappointing situation that it was a young person."

It's an arrest city officials announced two months after a violent assault and home invasion at a Longview Avenue home.

"Yesterday, Buffalo Police homicide arrested one Justice Feggans, he's 18-year-old," Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said.

According to police, Feggans is a Riverside High School Senior and plays for the school's basketball team. He's also one three people police believe assaulted 96-year-old Levi Clayton, a deacon at the Friendship Baptist Church, before making off with valuables from his home on November 24.

"It was terrible to see a member of our community in that condition,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. “It was a crime that really captured the attention of many in the community and the members of the community showed their outrage."

And the community then used that outrage along with home surveillance pictures released by police to track down Feggans.

"We would not be standing here today without the tips from the public,” Derenda explained. “The tips were instrumental in making this arrest."

Pridgen said the fact that anyone came forward at all speaks volumes about a community fed up with violence.

"There was a time when these types of crimes would happen and you would get no one to come forward but some people came forward in identifying some of the folks that entered that house, that's important."

Police believe it's those same tips that will lead to additional arrests in the case.

"I don't want to go into details at this point but we should have some more information in the very near future," Derenda said.

Police say assault charges are inclusive in the ones Feggans already faces, and added that he was also arrested for robbery a month prior to the invasion.

Feggans is currently being held on $250,000 bail.

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