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2 arrested in Arnold robberies

Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
New Kensington Police officer Sam Long controls a verbally combative armed robbery suspect, Maurico Avent, 30, of Arnold, along 16th Street in Arnold on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

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Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, 6:40 p.m.

Arnold police arrested two men Monday evening and charged them with trying to rob two people at gunpoint.

A man reported he was pistol-whipped when two men attempted to rob him at Fifth Avenue and 14th Street about 4:45 p.m., Patrolman David Clouse said. Nothing was stolen before the assailants fled.

The victim went to the Arnold Stop-N-Go convenience store on Constitution Boulevard to call 911.

As Patrolman Ryan Olszewski was interviewing the victim at the store, Clouse began looking for the would-be robbers.

He was flagged down by a woman who said she was hit in the chest with a gun by two men who stole her purse in the 300 block of 15th Street.

Clouse soon spotted one suspect, Maurico Avent, 30, of Arnold and arrested him after a short foot pursuit.

The second suspect, a 16-year-old boy from Arnold, was found shortly before 7 p.m. in the area of Fourth Avenue and 15th Street, Olszewski said. The boy's identity was not released.

The juvenile was the suspect identified as wielding a pistol, so he will be charged with armed robbery, Olszewski said.

Avent will be charged with robbery and possession of a small amount of marijuana, Olszewski said.

The woman's purse was not recovered as of Monday evening. Neither victim was reported to be injured.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or

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