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Police charge three men in 7-Eleven armed robbery; suspects were in custody for other alleged crimes

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 1/31/18

Middletown police have charged three men with the 3 a.m. armed robbery of the 7-Eleven at 12 E. Main St. on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Derrick Lamar Charles, 22, of Harrisburg; Victor Manuel Gonzalez, 20, …

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Police charge three men in 7-Eleven armed robbery; suspects were in custody for other alleged crimes

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Middletown police have charged three men with the 3 a.m. armed robbery of the 7-Eleven at 12 E. Main St. on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Derrick Lamar Charles, 22, of Harrisburg; Victor Manuel Gonzalez, 20, of Steelton, and Gregory Diosmar Pimentel, 20, no address given; are the same three men who were arrested by State Police and charged with the armed robbery of a convenience store in West Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, at 7:35 a.m. Jan. 16 — a little more than four hours after hitting the 7-Eleven in Middletown, police say.

Charles, Gonzalez and Pimentel have all been in Cumberland County Prison on $275,000 bail each since being arrested by State Police.

Besides the robberies in Middletown and in West Pennsboro Township, the three men also face charges for a third armed store holdup in Middlesex Township, according to police and court records.

According to arrest papers filed by Middletown police with District Judge David Judy, Charles and Pimentel are shown in surveillance video entering the 7-Eleven.

Charles, a convicted felon police said, brandished a handgun to a store employee while Pimentel displayed an airsoft gun. The two men stole about $225 in cash and a carton of Newport cigarettes valued at $81.68.

Charles and Pimentel then entered a white Nissan Altima sedan being driven by Gonzalez, which tore out of the borough “at a high rate of speed” despite the roads being covered by snow and ice at the time, police said.

Borough police learned that three men had been arrested later the same day for a similar crime in Cumberland County.

Preliminary indications showed that their physical description matched that of the three men who held up the 7-Eleven. The vehicle also matched, and the license plate was the same as that pictured on the video surveillance in Middletown.

Two borough police officers then interviewed the three men in Cumberland County Prison, to confirm that they were the same men who had allegedly held up the 7-Eleven.

Charles, Gonzalez and Pimentel were all charged by Middletown police on Jan. 26 with conspiracy to commit robbery.

Charles is also charged with terroristic threats and two charges for illegal possession of a firearm.

Gonzalez is also charged with conspiracy to recklessly endanger another person, and driving under suspension.

Pimentel is also charged with terroristic threats and illegal possession of a weapon.

All three are awaiting a preliminary hearing. A preliminary arraignment for all three men before Judy is scheduled for Feb. 2.