Teen charged as adult in North York armed robbery
A York City teen is charged as an adult after police say he robbed a man in North York on Monday.
Northern Regional Police say Kendridge Merritt pulled a gun on the man and demanded everything he had, which included a cellphone and iced tea.
Merritt, 17, of the 200 block of Arch Street, is charged with robbery, theft and receiving stolen property.
Alleged robbery: According to police, the victim left Big Mouth Pizza, at 1310 N. George St., around 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1.
Police say Merritt followed the victim with a boy who was about 8 years old. While the victim was walking south on North George Street, Merritt kept grabbing at the victim's waistband, and he also encouraged the victim to take side streets because it would be "quicker," officials said.
The victim didn't take side streets, but he turned onto Fifth Avenue when Merritt pulled a gun from his waistband and said, "Yeah, I'm gonna need everything you got," according to police.
Merritt reached into his pockets and took the victim's cellphone, phone charger and an iced tea, court documents state.
Police say the victim knew Merritt from William Penn Senior High School, but he had not seen him in more than a year.
On Tuesday, Oct. 2, police were able to identify Merritt as the suspect, court documents state. Police say because a firearm was used, Merritt will be charged as an adult.
Merritt was arraigned on the charges Oct. 2 and was sent to York County Prison on $35,000 bail.
He does not have an attorney listed.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22 at District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy's office.
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