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New phone comes in handy as man reports robbery

SALISBURY — Police say a Salisbury man reported he was being robbed by calling 911 on a cell phone he’d bought minutes earlier.
According to the police report, Chris Watson bought the cell phone Thursday morning at Walmart. He said he was walking there a little before noon when he met Sky Nicole Allison, of 226 Clay St., and Joshua Matthew Kirkley, of 407 Park Ave.
As the three walked away from the store on Arlington Street, police say Allison, 20, and Kirkley, 26, asked to borrow some of Watson’s remaining cash to buy marijuana. When Watson said “no,” the other two started demanding the money, and he still refused.
Police say Allison then jumped on Watson’s back, put her arm around his throat and started choking and hitting him. Kirkley punched him in the back and head, according to the report.
When Watson fell to the ground, he managed to reach his brand new cell phone and dial 911.
“They’re trying to rob me,” he yelled to the dispatcher.
Police say Allison and Kirkley left the scene after Watson called for help, but a police officer who was in the area arrested them nearby. Both were charged with common law robbery and placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $7,500 bond.

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