2 arrested in Subway robbery



Police said that one man was to act as a decoy .
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- State police arrested two men after the robbery of a Union Township Subway restaurant Saturday.
Ricardo Aponte Jr., 23, of West Washington Street, New Castle, was charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, theft, conspiracy to commit theft, possession of crime instruments and making terroristic threats. Aponte was in the Lawrence County Jail on a 50,000 bond.
Nicholas E. Dicken, 18, of Third Street, Edinburg, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit theft. He is in the Lawrence County Jail on a 15,000 bond.
According to a state police report, Dicken went into the restaurant about 9 a.m. Saturday and ordered a sandwich. Aponte waited in a vehicle outside.
Dicken was to act as a decoy inside the store and wait for Aponte to come in, police said. Aponte came into the store and pulled what the clerk believed was a pistol from his pants pocket.
It was actually a toy gun.
Took money
Aponte pointed the gun at the clerk, ordering her to hand over money from the register. She complied, handing him the register.
He took 150 from the drawer, left the restaurant and waited for Dicken.
The clerk ushered Dicken from the business and saw Aponte in the vehicle. Aponte left without Dicken.
When Dicken left, he walked south on Scotland Lane where a New Castle police officer saw him. They spoke and the officer learned that Dicken had just come from the shop.
When taken back to the restaurant, Dicken was identified by the store clerk and admitted his involvement, police said.
State and New Castle police located Aponte at his South Jefferson Street home where he was arrested. The Subway clerk also identified him.
Police recovered a toy gun and clothing used in the robbery along U.S. Route 422 at state Route 60 in Union Township. The money wasn't recovered.
The Northwest Lawrence Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

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