A pair of teens accused in connection with a violent robbery have been released on bail.
Their release comes even as Judge John Combs noted that, disturbingly, one of the suspects was found with a hammer and a knife during his arrest.
“That is a huge concern,” Combs remarked as details of the allegations were shared on Thursday during a court appearance for a 15-year-old accused.
Crown attorney Grant Hughes outlined the following allegations based on the accounts of a witness and the victim. The allegations haven’t been proven in court.
Hughes said police were alerted to the robbery on the 600-block of Park Avenue around 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday.
A witness was driving by when she saw two males follow, and then chase down, another. One of the pursuing males and the victim then fell to the ground.
When the witness honked the horn of her vehicle and flashed its lights, the assailant stood up but kept punching and kicking the victim.
The second robber — who the witness said was armed with a knife — had also kicked and punched the victim.
The 18-year-old man who was mugged managed to get up and the witness yelled at him to get into her vehicle, which he did, and she drove him to the police station.
The victim said the robbers had made off with his wallet that contained $400.
About 10 minutes after the robbery was reported, officers found and arrested two boys at the Keystone Centre.
During their arrest, one suspect allegedly dropped $400 cash. The other boy had a wallet that contained the victim’s ID.
One of them also had a claw hammer and a six- to seven-inch knife in his pockets.
At the time of the robbery, the 15-year-old accused had been released on bail after allegedly being found in a stolen SUV on Jan 5.
He was also pending on allegations that he kicked and damaged a vehicle in a parking lot while out past his curfew on Feb. 18.
He was arrested in connection with the robbery at five minutes prior to his curfew.
Despite Combs’ concern about the weapons, the teen and his 16-year-old co-accused in the robbery were both released during court appearances on Thursday. The 16-year-old was released with a Crown attorney’s consent.
Both are set to appear in court again next month.