WILKES-BARRE — City police investigating a man who was beaten and robbed of his cellphone Monday afternoon stormed a Barney Street house at gunpoint, detaining five and arresting one person.
Police said the victim, whose name was not released, was attacked by two men on Wood Street just before 2 p.m. He was pistol-whipped by his attackers and his cellphone was stolen.
Police were led to a house at 19 Barney St., just around the corner from where the man was assaulted and robbed.
Armed with assault rifles, police and Luzerne County sheriff deputies stormed the house and took three men and two women into custody. They were handcuffed and placed on the sidewalk face down while police continued to search the house.
Police later removed the handcuffs from the two women, who were told to sit on the curb.
The victim was in an ambulance being treated by city paramedics. Police escorted the three men separately to an ambulance window where the victim tried to identify his attackers.
One of the men was taken away in a cruiser while police released the others. Police did not immediately say why the man was being arrested.
Police called the victim’s cellphone in an attempt to locate it inside the Barney Street house. The calls went directly to voice mail, police said.
The victim’s cellphone was not found inside the house.
The cellphone robbery on Wood Street is the fourth in recent days in Wilkes-Barre.
Cellphones were stolen from two college students — one from King’s College on Jackson Street and the other from Wilkes University on West Northampton Street — on May 7. The two students were assaulted sustaining minor injuries, police said.
Another person was robbed of his cellphone and assaulted in the area of Hanover Street and Old River Road Friday night.