The Syracuse Police Department is crediting witnesses with helping catch two suspects in a strong-arm robbery Thursday afternoon.
Police responded to a strong-arm robbery complaint just before 3:00 p.m. When they arrived on the scene, two witnesses told police they saw two male suspects running into an apartment building at 1312 Butternut Street. The suspects were believed to still be inside the building.
The two witnesses then gave police a description of the suspects. Police found them on the third floor and took them into custody.
The two suspects were identified as 19-year-old Kavon Delee of 719 North Alvord Street in Syracuse, and 17-year-old Stacey Jackson of 1115 Buckley Road in Liverpool.
The subsequent investigation revealed that the 21-year-old male victim was walking in the 100 block of Third Avenue when Delee and Jackson approached him. They punched him and ran off with his wallet and cell phone.
The two witnesses were at a nearby residence in the area when they heard the altercation. They saw the suspects punching the victim. The suspects ran away when they saw the witnesses approaching them, but the witnesses kept them in sight as they called 911.
Syracuse police were able to recover the victim's cell phone and an undisclosed amount of stolen cash.
Delee and Jackson were both charged with second-degree robbery in the and sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center. They are scheduled to be arraigned Friday in City of Syracuse Court. The victim did not seek medical attention.