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Teens accused of armed robbery behind bars

SALISBURY — Two Salisbury teens accused of stealing a man’s cellphone and threatening to kill him are behind bars. 

Salisbury Police officers charged Tykilius A. Whisonant, 16, of Standish Street and Demmauelle T. Fincher, 16, of Linn Lane with robbery with a dangerous weapon. They are being held in the Rowan County Denteion Center under a $25,000 bond. 

Police responded to the armed robbery in the area of South Fulton and West Innes streets shortly before 1 a.m. today. 

According to a press release, the victim was walking to meet his brother at a friend’s house near South Jackson and Fisher streets when the suspects approached him. The victim was on the phone getting directions at the time. 

After refusing to give the teens his cellphone, the suspects threatened to assault him.  

One of the suspects then grabbed his arm to take the phone and told the other one to ” punch this guy and steal him.” 

The victim’s brother heard the assault happening through the phone and ran from the friend’s house to where the robbery was taking place. 

When the brother arrived he started yelling he was calling the police and they had better leave. 

One of the suspects told the other to give him his gun that he was going to kill them.  The suspect then walked to the other and took something from him and started to point it.  

The victims took that opportunity to run and call the police.

The suspects were taken into custody by Salisbury Police in the 900 block of West Horah Street. 

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