Two robberies, only minutes apart, target Wilkes-Barre men on streets

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — Two robberies took place within minutes of each other Tuesday evening in Wilkes-Barre, with charges being filed against a juvenile from Allentown in one of them.

It is not immediately clear if the robberies are connected.

First, a 21-year-old Wilkes-Barre man said he was confronted by three males at around 6:13 p.m. on Gildersleeve Street.

The victim said the men, two black and one white, challenged him to a fight. After he refused, the white male went through the victim’s pockets, taking unspecified property from him that was valued at $10.

The victim called for police, which caused the suspects to flee.

Police say the white suspect is described as having blond hair and a beard, and was wearing a gray Aeropostale hoodie.

Wilkes-Barre Police are asking for any information regarding the robbery at either 570-208-4200 or 911. So far, no charges have been filed.

Only seven minutes later, at 6:20 p.m., a 43-year-old Wilkes-Barre man reported being followed by a group of juvenile males on Loomis Street.

The juveniles were taunting him as they followed.

Eventually, the man and the teens stopped, and a 16-year-old from Allentown began questioning the older man about his belongings before assaulting him.

The victim said he fled to a nearby residence, and the juveniles also fled. The man was treated at the scene by medics for minor injuries.

Police say the 16-year-old was found a few blocks away and was taken into custody without incident.

The teen was charged with robbery, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment. He was lodged in a juvenile detention center to await further proceedings.

By Patrick Kernan

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Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan

Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan