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Man convicted of robbing, extorting Lancaster restaurant owner

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) - A New Jersey man has been found guilty of extorting money from a city restaurant owner by beating the man and threatening to kill him and his family.

A jury on Friday convicted 33-year-old Decee Karngbaye of three counts of robbery, conspiracy, and two counts of theft by extortion, according to Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman's family.

Karngbaye will be sentenced after a background check is completed. He is in Lancaster County Prison on $2 million bail.

Authorities said Karngbaye and another New Jersey man, 35-year-old Cole Williams, randomly targeted the victim and demanded cash from him three times in May 2015; twice in his restaurant and once in an East Lampeter Township hotel room.

They ultimately took about $15,000 from the victim.

Williams remains at large. In 2014, he was sentenced to 27 months in prison for scheming $329,000 from five businessmen in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

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