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Allentown man charged in connection with robbery and shooting

Police said robbery victim shot suspect

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man, who was shot the chest last week while allegedly robbing another man at gunpoint, is now facing a single felony count of robbery.

Allentown police charged Kornelle Davis, of the first block of North Eighth Street, in connection with the Feb. 22 shooting in the 1900 block of 17th Street Southwest. District Judge Michael Faulkner arraigned the 21-year-old late Monday night, setting bail at $250,000.

Police were dispatched for a report of gunshots shortly before 3 a.m. Feb. 22 and found Davis suffering from a single gunshot wound to his chest. He was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, according to court records.

Police also found a second shooting victim, Christian Santiago-Perez, suffering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He too was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment.

Santiago-Perez told investigators that he was walking from the Queen City Diner toward home with friends, when they were approached by two armed men. The man later identified as Davis was wearing a mask and brandishing a silver handgun, according to records.

Davis allegedly demanded money from Santiago-Perez and took the cash out of his product. The victim alleges Davis then struck him in the head several times with the gun.

Santiago-Perez told police he struggled with both men, managing to disarm the second gunman. Davis allegedly shot Santiago-Perez, prompting the victim to return fire, according to records.

A search of the area turned up a live 9mm live, one 9mm shell casing and a pair of .22 caliber shell casings.

Police said Davis could be seen stumbling near the front door of the PennDOT building at 1712 Lehigh Street shortly after the emergency radio transmissions regarding shots fired. He then stumbled across the street into the Queen City Diner parking lot.

Officers recovered in the area where Davis was spotted a .22 caliber Ruger with one round in the chamber and five in the magazine.

During an interview with investigators Monday afternoon, Davis allegedly reported he was driving around with his girlfriend the night of the shooting. Davis told authorities that the two argued, prompting him to go for a walk at which point he alleged three men tried to rob him.

Police said the story had inconsistencies, and Davis eventually changed a portion of it to say that a friend concocted the plan. He later claimed he was shot in the chest as he stepped out of the car.

Davis failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for March 6.

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