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Two men arrested for robbery at gunpoint in Giant parking lot during pot deal, police say

By Dan Miller

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Posted 5/20/20

Two Lancaster County men were arrested after they allegedly robbed a man of pot at gunpoint in the Giant store parking lot at 450 E. Main St. in Middletown on Saturday.

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Two men arrested for robbery at gunpoint in Giant parking lot during pot deal, police say

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Two Lancaster County men were arrested after they allegedly robbed a man of pot at gunpoint in the Giant store parking lot at 450 E. Main St. in Middletown on Saturday.

The incident occurred in the parking lot between 12:59 p.m. and 1:08 p.m. , according to arrest records Middletown police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Andrew Anthony Morgan, 18, of the 800 block of Houston Street in Columbia; and Tommy Reyes-Luperon, 24, of East Earl; are being held in Dauphin County Prison on $250,000 cash bail each, according to online court records and Crimewatch.

Police say the victim was robbed of nearly a half-pound of marijuana in what police on Crimewatch referred to as a “proposed drug deal.” The stolen pot had a street value of $1,000 to $1,200, according to police.

Morgan and Reyes-Luperon came to Middletown to meet with the dealer, according to arrest records. Charges are pending against the dealer, according to the Crimewatch post.

Morgan and Reyes-Luperon told police they intended to “rip” the victim of his marijuana during the proposed deal.

Police say Morgan admitted to pointing the handgun, which belonged to Reyes-Luperon, at the victim. The victim then gave the pot to the two men.

Morgan drove away in a black 2005 Honda Civic with Reyes-Luperon as his passenger. Video surveillance shows the victim leaving the parking lot in a red Jeep in pursuit of the Honda Civic driven by Morgan.

The victim called 911 as he was following Morgan and Reyes-Luperon on Route 283 to report that they had “flashed a gun” at him, according to arrest papers.

The car was located by Northwest Regional Police in Lancaster County, although arrest papers did not say where.

Reyes-Luperon and Morgan were taken into custody with close to three-quarters of a pound of marijuana in their vehicle, a digital scale, and the handgun police say was used in the robbery — a Smith and Wesson 9 mm.

Morgan and Reyes-Luperon were both arraigned before District Judge Gregory D. Johnson Sunday.

Morgan is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery leading to the threat of immediate serious injury; possession of a firearm without a license; manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance; two counts of conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking; possession of an instrument of crime with intent; two counts of conspiracy to commit simple assault; recklessly endangering another person, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Reyes-Luperon is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery leading to the threat of immediate serious injury; manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance; two counts of conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking; two counts of conspiracy to commit simple assault; and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Morgan and Reyes-Luperon are both scheduled for a preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy on May 27.