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Suspected Robbers Snared In Raid At Sherman Hills

February 26, 2019
Suspected Robbers Snared In Raid At Sherman Hills

WILKES-BARRE — Police raided an apartment at the Sherman Hills complex on Friday and arrested two men wanted on robbery charges.

Ravone Davis, 31, of 308 N. Empire Court, and Ashavan Terrell Monroe, 22, of 304 N. Empire Court, were arrested on warrants during the raid.

Police said they surrounded 304 N. Empire Court after being tipped off that two men involved in a robbery the day before were inside. When police contacted the apartment’s resident, she began nervous when asked if any men were inside, the complaint said.

She gave police permission to search the apartment, and officers found Monroe opening a bedroom door, police said. The complaint said they then found Davis hiding in a closet.

Davis was wearing a jacket matching the description of one worn during a previous robbery on Park Avenue and lied about his name and birthday, according to police. He was also found to be hiding a bag of marijuana in his underwear, police said.

Police said Davis was in fact wanted in New York for absconding on his parole in a robbery case, and he also had arrest warrants issued in Wilkes-Barre.

In the first case, Davis is accused of a domestic violence assault and fleeing police on Jan. 20. Police said he evaded officers by jumping our of a second-story window.

Davis earned another warrant after grabbing his ex-girlfriend by the neck and stealing her wallet the night of Feb. 9 at the Sherman Hills apartments, according to police. Davis removed the money from the wallet, which he then discarded in a hallway, police said.

Police said Monroe also had an arrest warrant for robbery issued in Wilkes-Barre. The charges allege Monroe was one of two men who robbed a man and a teenage boy who were walking in the 300 block of New Grant Street on Thursday afternoon.

According to police, one of the men pulled a black pistol and robbed the victims of their cellphones and a carton of beer the adult had been carrying.

The complaint notes that an hour before the robbery, two men had robbed the United Check Cashing on Wilkes-Barre Twp. Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre Twp. When police showed the victims surveillance pictures taken from the business, they identified the men as their robbers, police said.

Officers recognized Monroe from prior encounters, but the man who wielded the gun remains unknown, police said.

Monroe is charged with one felony count of robbery in the New Grant Street case. Court records show he has not been charged in the United Check Cashing robbery.

Davis is charged with robbery, theft, simple assault, harassment, drug possession, tampering with evidence, false identification, possessing marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia, fleeing police, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats, strangulation and simple assault.

Magisterial District Judge Rick Cronauer arraigned the pair on Saturday morning and set bail at $100,000 for Monroe and $110,000 for Davis.

They were being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

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