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Allentown police arrest teens in gunpoint robbery of bicycle-riding boys

Victim recognized alleged robber from school

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A pair of Allentown teens is facing robbery charges for allegedly trying to rob two juveniles at gunpoint last week.

Authorities charged Dale M. Glover Jr. and Levy Valera in connection to the alleged Dec. 12 robbery. Police arrested the 18-year-old Glover, who was arraigned Friday night by District Judge Michael Pochron, and the 17-year-old Valera was arrested and arraigned early Tuesday morning by District Judge Donna Butler.

The original criminal complaint listed a different co-defendant along with Glover. Court records show that those charges have since been dropped.

The juvenile victims reported to police that they were riding their bicycles in the area of South Baxter and West Fairview streets shortly after 10:30 p.m. Dec. 12, when they were approached by Glover and Valera, according to court records. The victims reported that the two teens were asking for the time.

One of the victims said he feared a robbery was imminent and started to pedal away, while the other juvenile stopped to speak with the pair.

Authorities allege Valera pulled a silver and black handgun, pointed it at the two boys and demanded, “Everything you have,” according to records. Police said Glover allegedly demanded “bud,” money or unlocked cell phones.

One of the boys fled and called 911 from an open garage. The other boy reported he was too scared to run and offered to hand over his dead phone.

Glover’s demeanor reportedly changed, when he told the boy to “just go home,” according to records. Glover allegedly said, “You know me, I’m Dale,” according to records.

The victim said he reportedly recognized Glover from middle school. Glover said he and Valera wanted the other boy’s phone. As he rode off, he allegedly reported seeing Valera firing the handgun into the air.

During an interview with police in which his parents were present, Valera allegedly confessed and said he fired two rounds into the air to scare the boys.

Police on Dec. 14 charged Glover, of North College Street, with robbery, simple assault, conspiracy and harassment. He failed to post $25,000 bail following his arraignment Friday night and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 22.

Along with the robbery, assault, conspiracy and harassment charges, Valera faces additional charges of reckless endangerment, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor. He failed to post $200,000 bail after his arraignment Tuesday and was sent to county jail to await a Dec. 26 preliminary hearing.

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