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Police: 2 arrested for violent robbery involving large knife

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Demero Johnson Demero Johnson
Jeremiah Small Jeremiah Small

Police arrested two men following a robbery report in Downtown Harrisburg.

On Feb. 4 at around 10:45 p.m. two patrol officers were approached by a young man who reported that he had just been robbed at knife point.

The 21-year-old victim said that he had been walking home from a Chinese restaurant in the 1300 block of Market Street with a food order.

Suddenly he was grabbed from behind by two men. One robber pointed a large knife in his face and demanded money.

The robbers took his cell phone and the food order before fleeing the scene.

The victim, who was not injured, was able to give police a detailed description of the robbers.

The officers found two men matching that description at South 15th and Chestnut Streets. They were approached and tried to walk off.

One robber, later identified as 19-year-old Demero Johnson, ran off but was caught a short distance away. The other suspect was identified as Jeremiah Small, 20.

The victim was able to positively identify both robbers.

One of the accused had the victim's cell phone in his pocket along with two other cell phones. He said he didn't know who the other cell phones belonged to.

Both robbers had parts of the victim's food order.

The knife used in the attack was found in the roadway where the two suspects were spotted by police. One of the robbers had apparently thrown the knife away as the officers approached.

Both robbers were sent to the Dauphin County Prison in lieu of bail.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information on this case may contact police at 717-255-3114.

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