Suspects allegedly steal headphones, cell phone from victim

Cornelius police officers have arrested two suspects who robbed a man with a homemade weapon.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, two suspects approached a man at a Cornelius bus stop at 10th Avenue and Baseline Street, displaying a homemade impact weapon — a sock filled with gravel.

The male suspect, Miguel Juarez Santoyo, 21, and the female suspect, Christina Vasquez, 25, stole about $160 worth of items from the man.

“The male suspect told the victim that the Skull Candy headphones he was wearing would look good on him,” said Lt. Joe Noffsinger of the Cornelius Police Department. According to Noffsinger, the man removed the headphones from the victim’s head, then stated the victim’s phone would look good on him as well. The woman allegedly joined in and agreed the phone would look good on her accomplice. The man then reportedly removed the phone from the victim’s pocket.

“The male suspect also tried to take the victim’s backpack, but the victim fled to call 911,” said Noffsinger. Officers from Cornelius and Forest Grove, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrived and searched the area. Based on a description provided by the victim, officers located the two suspects, along with the weapon, about eight blocks away in Harleman Park.

The suspects were arrested and lodged at the Washington County Jail, charged with second-degree robbery. Santoyo was also charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

Members of the public who may have witnessed this incident are urged to contact the Cornelius Police Department at 503-359-1881.

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