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Pair arrested on robbery charge

August 11, 2011

A teen and 29-year-old man were arrested early Thursday on suspicion of trying to rob a pair of workers sitting inside a pickup truck, police said.

Officers took the 17-year-old teen and Robert Chavez, both of Glendale, into custody just after 3 a.m., after searching for them in the 1200 block of South Glendale Avenue, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

A third suspect got away.

The pair allegedly approached the workers in a South Glendale parking lot and demanded a ride to Lincoln Heights.

The workers, who were trying to get to their truck to go to work, refused to give the men a ride, Lorenz said. But the men would not leave the workers alone and asked them for money.

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When the workers turned down their demands, the men allegedly threatened to shoot if they fled, Lorenz said.

The workers drove off anyway and notified a police officer who was issuing a traffic citation.

The third suspect was described as a Latino male and in his late teens or early 20s. He wore a baseball cap, prescription eyeglasses, a gray T-shirt, black pants and a black backpack.

Anyone with details about the robbery may call the robbery unit at (818) 548-3987.

Veronica Rocha

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