Two males face fees associated to an armed assault on the Lehigh Valley Mall Life-style Heart on Thursday afternoon that terrified employees and visitors of the shopping center.
Darwin Sandoval, 29, and Rufino Guerrero De La Rosa, 32, each of Allentown, have been arraigned on theft and associated fees within the incident, in line with court docket data.
One of many victims of Thursday’s theft was Isaiah Middleton, 22, who allegedly robbed Guerrero De La Rosa of $eight,000 on Tuesday at an Allentown Turkey Hill throughout what was speculated to be a transaction for smartphones and smartwatches between the boys.
In response to court docket data:
On Thursday at 2:26 p.m., Middleton and Dakota Carter, who have been purchasing on the mall, noticed Sandoval and Guerrero De La Rosa approaching their automobile in entrance of the Pocono Brewery Co.
Carter stated he noticed Sandoval pointing a gun at Middleton and appeared out his personal window to see Guerrero De La Rosa with a gun drawn, yelling for him at hand over cash.
Carter gave Guerrero De Las Rosa $200 from his pockets and stated he was ordered out of the automobile. He stated he noticed Guerrero De La Rosa and Sandoval transferring purchasing luggage full of garments and sneakers into their very own automobile.
Middleton informed police that he was ordered to the bottom and that Sandoval started kicking and punching his head as soon as he was mendacity on the pavement. He stated he was additionally hit behind the pinnacle with a bat.
Guerrero De La Rosa informed police he noticed Middleton, who’d allegedly robbed him on Tuesday, and tried to carry him there till police arrived. He admitted to police that he took the luggage out of the victims’ automobile and put them in his personal.
Sandoval stated he was purchasing with Guerrero De La Rosa once they acquired a cellphone name that the person who robbed Guerrero De La Rosa earlier within the week was on the mall.
Sandoval informed police they drove to the mall to seek out Middleton. He stated the 2 of them held the boys at gunpoint and ordered them to the bottom till police arrived.
Carter was not charged with any crimes, however Middleton was arrested on an Allentown police warrant and charged with the theft from earlier within the week.
Sandoval and Guerrero De La Rosa have been charged with theft, conspiracy to commit theft, theft and easy assault. Each have been despatched to Lehigh County Jail, unable to publish $50,000 bail.
Whitehall police are looking for witnesses to the incident. Anybody with info can name Det. Leah Van Observe at 610-437-3042.
Some prospects and staff of companies within the outdoors life-style heart have been briefly held inside as police secured the scene.
A Pocono Brewery Co. worker, who wished to stay nameless, stated staff noticed the incident unfold. The worker stated 4 males jumped out of a brown Buick SUV and robbed and assaulted two individuals in a grey automobile.
“That was the craziest factor that we’ve ever seen, in broad daylight like that,” the worker stated.
Allentown police stated they have been knowledgeable that one of many males arrested was a 22-year-old whom they have been on the lookout for in a Tuesday theft.
Middleton, of the 1100 block of North Entrance Avenue, Catasauqua, was arraigned Thursday after his arrest on fees stemming from a 1:40 p.m. Tuesday theft outdoors the Turkey Hill on 15th Avenue in Allentown.
Middleton organized to promote $eight,000 in smartphones and smartwatches to a person within the car parking zone. The client informed Allentown police he beforehand made related offers with Middleton. Middleton obtained within the purchaser’s automobile and confirmed the small print of the transaction. He then took a backpack out of his personal automobile and pulled a gun from it. With that, he robbed the customer of $eight,000 and a Glock handgun.
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