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FARRELL – A Farrell teen, already facing charges stemming from an attempted Dec. 17 home invasion robbery, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday on accusations that he robbed a pizza delivery driver of almost $40 in food and his vehicle two weeks earlier.

Jejuan James Gamble, 17, of 329 Shenango Blvd., Farrell, was charged with robbery, theft, carrying firearms without a license, criminal use of a cell phone, possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and robbery of a motor vehicle in the case.

Farrell police said the victim arrived at 5:12 p.m. Dec. 1, in the 300 block of Shenango Boulevard to deliver a pizza order.

The driver got out of the car and was met by two black men wearing black clothing, their faces partially covered, according to a police report.

Police said one of the men was wearing a black hoodie, black pants and a scarf or bandana with skull on it, and pointed a gun at the victim.

The armed man ordered the delivery driver to hand over the pizza and he did. The masked man demanded money but the driver said he does not carry cash. 

Police said the robber ordered the driver to empty his pockets, pointed the gun at the victim’s stomach and said, “This ain’t no joke.”

The men left in the driver’s car.

Police were able to track the phone number given with the order, as it was associated with a service that allows users to text and call any number in the country. That service can connect law enforcement to a real number used on any smart phone with an internet connection.

The internet account came back to Gamble and the driver identified Gamble from a lineup with people with their faces partially covered, police said.

Roughly two weeks after the robbery occurred, Gamble and three other suspects were arrested after a failed robbery at a residence along Wengler Avenue in Sharon. 

In the Dec. 17 incident, the first responding Sharon officer told state police investigators that he found the suspects behind the house and that one of them pointed a gun in his direction. He said he shot at them and all four ran back inside of the home, where they were later arrested. None of the suspects were wounded.

The resident, who was not seriously injured, barricaded himself inside his bedroom and called police. He said his wallet, which contained about $20, was the only possession stolen.

Gamble was charged with robbery, attempted aggravated assault, theft, burglary, trespassing, and conspiracy to carry a firearm without a license in the Wengler Avenue incident.

Follow Melissa Klaric on Twitter and Facebook @HeraldKlaric, email: mklaric@sharonherald.com

Quinn Schwartz contributed to this story.

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