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Keith Blakely, Jay Sills charged in armed robbery at barbershop in Bethlehem

Published On: Nov 05 2012 03:41:57 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 05 2012 03:42:02 PM EST

Two men suspected in an armed holdup of a barbershop late last week are facing charges, officials said.

Keith L. Blakely took $150 and a gold necklace from Robert Jones as he and a gun-wielding accomplice, Jay Sills, were leaving Jovaughn's Barbershop, 413 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem, at about 8:45 p.m. Friday, officials said.

Jones told police he was closing up shop after giving Sills a haircut when Sills pulled out a black handgun and demanded he empty his pockets and place a necklace he was wearing on a counter, officials said.


Sills then told Blakely to gather up the cash and jewelry and fired a shot in Jones' direction, hitting a  bathroom door, officials said.

Blakely was found walking along West 3rd Street while Sills was discovered hiding in a basement stairwell in the 300 block of West 3rd Street, officials said, adding that a Glock semi-automatic pistol and the missing loot were found hidden on a stair step.

Sills escaped briefly from police custody, but was chased down behind apartments along East Graham Place, officials said.

Blakely told police that he was taken by surprise when Sills pulled the handgun and that he took the cash and necklace only because he was ordered to do so, officials said.

Blakely is on parole and employed as a board of elections clerk in New York, court papers show.

Sills and Blakely were both arraigned early Saturday morning on charges of robbery, theft, conspiracy and receiving stolen property.

Sills also was charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, discharging a firearm, carrying a gun without a license and escape.

Sills, 35, told police he is living with a friend in the 400 block of Hamilton Street in Allentown, and gave his prior address as 717 St. Nicholas St., New York City.

He and Blakely , 34, of 2130 1st Ave., New York City, were committed to the Northampton County Prison on $50,000 bail each, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing for Blakely is set for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9 and for Sills at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 9.