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Two teens in custody after armed robbery, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Dec 10 2012 03:31:41 PM CST
EASTON, Pa. -

Two 18-year-olds are in custody after forcing their way into a home and stealing electronic gear at gunpoint, officials said.

Taharka Senghor Jr. and Teron Hawkins were arrested running along East Wilkes-Barre Street in Easton at 10:55 p.m. Friday, a short distance from the scene of an armed robbery, officials said.

Senghor and Hawkins made off with an Xbox 360, a Nintendo Wii, a 42-inch Vizio TV and several DVDs from the home of Elizabeth Zacharias and Dominique Montanez at 185 East Wilkes-Barre St., officials said.

The Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, along with a revolver, were recovered near the suspects, officials said.

Senghor forced his way into the home through a rear door, and with Hawkins' help, broke down a bedroom door where Zacharias and Montanez were hiding, officials said.

Senghor brandished a black revolver at Zacharias and Montanez and demanded "everything they had," officials said, adding that Senghor also ordered Zacharias to make sure her daughter, who was crying in another room, and another female juvenile stayed where they were.

Both Senghor, of 1056 West Wilkes-Barre St., Easton, and Hawkins, of 329 Folk St., Easton, were arraigned early Saturday morning on charges of robbery, burglary, theft by unlawful taking, making terroristic threats, receiving stolen property and reckless endangerment, according to court documents.

Senghor was also charged with possessing a firearm without a license and aggravated assault, according to court papers.

Senghor and Hawkins were each committed to the Northampton County Prison on $70,000, according to court documents.

Preliminary hearings for both men are set for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 18.