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Three arrested in Monday night robbery of teenager


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Three men were arrested earlier this week after allegedly robbing a teenager of a gun he was carrying Monday night.


Antonio L. Delacerda, 19, Marquel Kevin Warner, 23 and a 17-year-old male were arrested and charged with armed robbery, according to a press release issued by the Roswell Police Department Wednesday. Warner is also charged with felon in possession of a firearm.

Warner and the juvenile were spotted by police a short time after the alleged robbery Monday night and stopped by police at the intersection of South Main and Church streets in south Roswell.

Warner and the juvenile suspect were subsequently questioned and following further investigation, placed under arrest, the release states. Delacerda was located and arrested Tuesday morning.

The three suspects allegedly threatened the victim — a 16-year-old male — by pointing two other guns at him several times while the victim and suspects were driving around in a vehicle in a north Roswell neighborhood, the release states.

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Two of the suspects then allegedly produced their guns while in the vehicle and demanded the victim give them his phone, which he would not do. One of the suspects then allegedly took a gun that was in the victim’s waistband.

The victim then jumped out of the vehicle while it was parked in the alley and the suspects drove away, the release states. The incident took place at the intersection of North Main Street and Twin Diamond Road.

The victim then approached a passerby and recounted what had happened. The victim was able to identify at least two of the suspects who were from Roswell. Earlier in the night, the victim had agreed to hang out with them, according to the release.

As of Wednesday morning, Warner remained in custody at the Chaves County Detention Center where he was being held on a $50,000 cash or surety bond following arraignment, according to the release. The juvenile suspect was being held at the Chaves County Juvenile Detention Center.

According to an order setting conditions of release filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court Wednesday, Delacerda was released on his own recognizance Wednesday.

Delacerda is prohibited from possessing firearms or dangerous weapons, possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages or entering liquor establishments; buying, selling, consuming or possessing illegal drugs or illegal drug paraphernalia, or leaving Chaves County without permission from the court.

He must also maintain contact with his defense attorney, avoid contact with the victim or anyone who might testify in the case and is prohibited from leaving his residence from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.