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Two teenagers were arrested after police said they attempted to rob a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint Friday in Sharon.

Xavier Armon Ford, 18, of Warren, Ohio, and Demarcus Ray Stokes, 15, of Farrell, were charged with armed robbery, terroristic threats and theft by unlawful taking. Stokes, who is being charged as an adult, faces an additional charge of carrying a firearm without a license.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, Ford and Stokes waited until the delivery driver returned to his car after delivering a pizza to a home on Wengler Avenue. Sharon police said Stokes aimed a pistol at the driver’s face through a partially rolled-down window on the driver’s side of the vehicle, and demanded money.

The driver then “stepped on the gas” and and dialed 911, according to the affidavit.

Shortly after the robbery attempt, a Farrell police officer spotted two suspects, who matched the description provided to police by the delivery driver, as they walked on French Street. According to the criminal complaint, the Farrell officer said the suspects – later identified as Ford and Stokes – ran off when he tried to stop them.

Police said Stokes dropped a pistol from his waistband during the chase. Both suspects were eventually taken into custody in front of a residence on Baldwin Avenue.

Stokes and Ford were taken to Mercer County Jail after they failed to post $50,000 bond.

They both have preliminary hearings scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Jan. 16 with District Judge Dennis Songer.

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