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Lancaster residents foil robbery of teenage neighbor

Residents of a Lancaster neighborhood foiled a robber's plans to steal belongings and cash from the home of one of their neighbors over the weekend, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 9:30 p.m. Saturday when the 17-year-old victim, walking his dog near 5th Street East and Avenue J, was held up by at gunpoint, according to a statement from the Lancaster sheriff’s station. The suspect, identified by authorities as Christopher Brown, 19, stole the victim’s cellphone and 14 cents, deputies said.

Then Brown allegedly forced the victim to take him to his home to get more money. Neighbors, who spotted the pair as they walked to the victim’s home in the 44000 block of Raysack Avenue, “felt that something was wrong,” deputies said. They drew near, and Brown fled, firing his weapon several times in the direction of the residents as he ran, authorities said. No one was hit.

Authorities were called and dispatched several units to the area. Brown was detained near where he originally confronted the victim. When deputies searched him, they found the victim’s stolen property, deputies said. They also recovered the gun in the rear yard of a nearby home.

Brown was booked at the Lancaster station jail and faces several felony charges, including kidnapping, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, deputies said. His bail was set at $100,000.


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