ALLENTOWN, Pa. | A pair of men already facing their own charges for robbery and car theft are accused of robbing a man on the same day as the other alleged crimes.
Allentown police charged Rene Martinez-Moreno and Bernardy Urena with felony counts robbery and conspiracy in connection with the Nov. 25 knifepoint robbery on Early Street. District Judge Tom Creighton the two on Nov. 27, a day after they were arraigned in their other respective cases.
Just before noon on Nov. 25, the victim reported to police that he was robbed at knifepoint by two men in the 1400 block of Early Street, according to court records. One of the alleged robbers grabbed the victim from behind, pulled an orange kitchen knife and told him he’d be stabbed, if he didn’t cooperate, according to records.
A second assailant approached from behind and told the victim to remove his sneakers. The victim said he handed over the sneakers, his black North Face backpack and wallet. Police said video surveillance from a nearby elementary school confirmed the robbery.
Police learned the next day that Martinez-Moreno was allegedly involved in a car theft and that Urena was involved in a different armed robbery on Nov. 25, according to records. Detectives said Urena was wearing the same type of sneakers stolen from the victim and that a search of the vehicle they were driving turned up a black North Face backpack.
Authorities said the victim identified Martinez-Moreno from a photo lineup as the alleged robber with the knife. He also identified Urena as “standing out to me” as the second alleged robber.
During a Nov. 27 interview in county jail, Urena allegedly admitted being the one that demanded the victim take off his sneakers. Police said he wouldn’t identify his accomplice.
Neither the 20-year-old Urena, nor the 19-year-old Martinez-Moreno have posted bail in either of their cases. Martinez-Moreno is also facing theft and receiving stolen property charges in his other case. Both men are tentatively scheduled for preliminary hearings on Wednesday.