Teen Robbed Another Boy at Gunpoint, Police Say

17-year-old arrested in South Side stickup will be prosecuted as an adult, according to court records.

A South Bethlehem teen-ager pointed a gun in another boy’s back in an attempt to steal money from him in a neighborhood alleyway, police said.

Sydney McKenzie, 17, of 414 Broadway, was charged as an adult Friday with felony robbery and other counts stemming from the Dec. 12 mugging, according to court records.

The street robbery happened between 6:30 and 7 a.m. along Cress Street at Boyce Street, police said. Cress Street is an alley that runs parallel to Broadway behind the South Side Wendy’s and Ahart’s Market.

According to the arrest affidavit, the alleged victim told police that McKenzie stuck a gun in his back and told him to give him his money. The victim said McKenzie also struck him more than once on the side of his head when he told his alleged attacker he didn’t have any money.

On one of the times McKenzie hit him with the gun, the victim told police, he grabbed the barrel, saw the front sight and noticed the gun was black, the affidavit said. He believed the gun was real, police said.

McKenzie unzipped the victim’s book bag, removed several items and threw them on the ground, the affidavit said. “Get off my block,” McKenzie allegedly told the victim before he walked away, police said.

The victim recognized the alleged robber as the brother of a girl he goes to school with, police said. The boy found a picture of his alleged attacker and his sister on Instagram and brought it to Bethlehem Police Det. Sean Molony, pointing out McKenzie as the teen who tried to rob him with a gun, the affidavit said.

In addition to robbery, McKenzie was charged with terroristic threats and two counts of simple assault. He was arraigned before District Judge Nancy Matos-Gonzalez and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.


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