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2 adults, 2 teens arrested in Arnold robbery attempt

| Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 8:28 a.m.
Rebecca Duncan--robery suspect
Gregory Jason--roberry suspect

Two adults and two juveniles are accused of trying to rob pedestrians at gunpoint in Arnold on Wednesday night.

Rebecca Lynn Duncan, 20, of the 1900 block of Alcoa Drive, Arnold; Gregory Jamal Jackson, 18, of the 1400 block of Orchard Avenue, Arnold; and two boys, ages 15 and 16, have been charged.

According to police, a man and woman said they were walking along 16th Street near Third Avenue about 9 p.m. when a white Pontiac G6 pulled over near them. The victims told police that one of the people in the car asked them if they had any money.

When they said no, the victims said, one person got out of the car's back seat and pointed what appeared to be a rifle at the victims, then got back into the car, which drove away.

The victims told police they called a friend, who picked them up, and were able to remember the Pontiac's license plate number.

Police said the car was registered to Duncan and another woman, and officers were able to stop it in the 800 block of Barnes Street.

According to police, a search of the vehicle yielded an air rifle, two air pistols and a large knife.

Duncan and Jackson are charged with attempted robbery, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, having instruments of crime and corruption of minors.

The two boys are in the custody of juvenile authorities and are facing delinquency charges.

Duncan and Jackson were arraigned Thursday in New Kensington by District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.

He ordered them sent to the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail each.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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