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Man Charged In W-B Twp. Checking Cashing Robbery

February 26, 2019
Man Charged In W-B Twp. Checking Cashing Robbery

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A man previously captured at the Sherman Hills complex was hit Tuesday with additional charges alleging he robbed a customer of a check-cashing business last week.

Ravone Davis, 31, of 308 N. Empire Court, is charged with robbery and related offenses stemming from a gunpoint hold-up at the United Check Cashing on Wilkes-Barre Twp. Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre Twp.

According to the complaint, police responded to the business around 2:20 p.m. Thursday to a report of a robbery. The victim, Charles E. Balasavage, told police he was leaving the store after buying a $60 money order when the robber confronted him, police said.

Balasavage was caught off his guard and hesitated at the demand for cash, so the robber pulled a pistol and issued a warning: “I’ll put one in you. What you got?” according to the complaint.

The robber ran through Balasavage’s pockets and stole the money order as well as $600 from his wallet before fleeing the scene, police said.

According to the complaint, employees at the business witnessed the robbery, and one of them recognized the gunman, although she did not know his name. But she did recognize a bag the robber was carrying some Michelob Ultra beer in as having come from the nearby Quick Stop convenience store, the charges say.

Police got surveillance footage from the store and observed two men, one of them matching the robber’s description. Balasavage and the employees identified that person as the robber, police said.

About an hour after the robbery, city police responded to a robbery in the 300 block of New Grant Street during which two men pulled a gun on a man and a teenage boy, stealing their cellphones and a carton of beer the adult had been carrying.

Police say the victims in that robbery identified the two men from the Quick Stop surveillance pictures as the two men who robbed them. An officer recognized one of the men from a previous traffic stop and identified him as Ashavan Terrell Monroe, 22, of 304 N. Empire Court, according to the complaint.

Monroe is charged with one felony count of robbery in the New Grant Street case.

When police arrested Monroe during a raid at the Sherman Hills apartments on Friday, they also encountered Davis, who was already wanted in several cases, including for absconding on his parole in a robbery case in New York and for allegedly grabbing his ex-girlfriend by the neck and stealing her wallet the night of Feb. 9 at the Sherman Hills apartments, according to police. 

Police say Balasavage subsequently identified Davis during a photo lineup as the man who robbed him.

Davis is charged with robbery, making terroristic threats, theft, simple assault, reckless endangerment, harassment and possessing a firearm as a felon.

Magisterial District Judge Matthew C. Christopher arraigned Davis on Tuesday morning and set his bail at $100,000 in the new case.

Davis, who is now awaiting trial in four criminal cases, is being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with bail set at a combined $210,000.