A trio is facing charges after an attempted robbery occurred by Mansfield University on Saturday, September 24th.
Documents that were filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge James Carlson state that the following men face charges: 19-year-old Triston D. Parris of Tannersville; 19-year-old Javion A. Madeam of Stroudsburg; and 20-year-old Francesco Reid Jr. of Tobyhanna. The men allegedly attempted to rob Joshua Glenn. Glenn was walking on South Academy Street during the early morning hours when the attempted robbery occurred.
Parris, Madeam, and Reid each face the following charges: robbery, simple assault, harassment, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and terroristic threats.
Police responded to South Academy Street after they received a report of someone being threatened during a party. According to what Glenn told police, he was heading north on South Academy Street at approximately 12:30 a.m. He said a Honda that was gray in color approached him, and that there were four men in the vehicle. He also said that two or more of the men had white and black bandannas covering their faces. According to Glenn, the men left the vehicle. One of the men walked to the back of the car and stood in front of its licence plate while two of the men followed Glenn. One of the men put his hand in his waistband while telling Glenn he had a “.38 gun.” Glenn said the man who allegedly had a gun threatened to shoot him if he did not hand over his money and everything in his pockets. Glenn also said the men threatened to “(swear word) him up”.
According to what Glenn told police, he started to walk away from the scene. However, the men followed him and continued to threaten him. Glenn was able to dial 911 using his mobile phone. Then, the four men returned to the car and left the scene.
Although police could not locate the four men, witnesses saw four men who matched the description of the men at a party that was going on at Extension Street prior to the attempted robbery on the same night. Witnesses told police the men had white and black bandannas on and that one of the men was Parris.
Police investigated via social media and found that Parris was indeed at a party on September 24th. They also found that Parris was the owner of the vehicle. Mansfield University police found the vehicle parked in the back of Sycamore residence hall. Two people were sleeping in the vehicle. The black male who was in the driver’s seat was Reid, while the other man was Madeam. Police are searching for the fourth person who was in the vehicle during the alleged attempted robbery.
According to police, a marijuana joint was allegedly seen in the vehicle. In addition, police said they could smell a burning marijuana smell once Reid opened the door of the vehicle. Police searched the car and found the following items which allegedly held marijuana: a white grocery bag, a white pill bottle, and a small orange baggie. Police also found two white and black bandannas on the back middle seat.
The bails of the three men who were arrested are as follows: Parris’s bail is $15,000; Reid’s bail is $50,000; and Madeam’s bail is $25,000. The preliminary hearing for all three men is on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., in front of Magisterial District Judge James E. Carlson. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.