PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – Two Pennsylvania men have been charged in connection with an armed robbery of the Free Bridge Wine & Spirits on Union Square in Phillipsburg Wednesday night, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.
On Nov. 1, at around 6:17 p.m., officers responded to the liquor store for an armed robbery with shots fired, authorities said.
The investigation revealed that the alleged gunman, who was later identified as Duane Yancey, 39, of Harrisburg, entered the store and fired a shot in the ceiling. He then ordered the clerk six customers onto the ground while pointing the gun at them, the prosecutor’s office said.
Yancey took cash from the register as well as additional cash and two cell phones from the customers before exiting the sore and entering an waiting vehicle, authorities said.
The vehicle fled to Pennsylvania and was identified through surveillance video, authorities said.
The Swatara Police Department located the vehicle of the registered owner who was identified as Darry D. Corbett, 48, of Harrisburg, the prosecutor’s office said.
Yancey was charged with seven counts of first-degree armed robbery, second-degree conspiracy to commit armed robbery, seven counts of fourth-degree aggravated assault (pointing a firearm), possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun.
Corbett was charged with first-degree armed robbery, and second-degree conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Both face unrelated charges in Pennsylvania and remain in custody in Pennsylvania at this time, the prosecutor’s office said.