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SHARON – Two Farrell men are in Mercer County Jail for their part in an attempted robbery in Sharon that left two people injured.

Sharon and Farrell police arrested Malik Graham, 23, of 418 Indiana Ave., on May 3 and Cory Lamar Hilton, 21, of 117 Shenango Blvd., Farrell, on May 6. Each is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Graham is charged with robbery, burglary, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy to commit burglary.

Hilton is charged with robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, prohibited possession of a firearm, conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit criminal homicide and conspiracy to commit burglary, according to court documents.

Graham is due back in court for his preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. May 14, while Hilton's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. May 16. Both will appear before Magisterial District Judge Dennis M. Songer.

The robbery took place just before 10 p.m. April 23, at 787 Linden St., where the victim said he was playing video games in his living room with his brother and friend when three black men with one handgun entered the house wearing hoods covering most of their faces, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The victim and his brother were ordered into the kitchen with two of the robbers, while the third robber with a gun remained in the living room with the victim's friend. A gunshot was then heard from the living room, causing the victim and his brother to hide in the basement while two of the robbers ran toward the front door of the house.

While hiding in the basement fearful that they would be shot, the victim and his brother heard their mother screaming from the second floor and went back to the first floor, where he saw the third robber on top of his friend in the kitchen as they wrestled for control of the gun on the floor, according to the affidavit.

The victim told police he was afraid the robber might kill his friend, so he grabbed a large kitchen knife and stabbed the robber about four times in the back. The victim said he then heard a loud pop and felt a pain in his hand. The robber then stood up, stumbled out the front door and toward the apartments across the street.

The friend told police he feared for his life when the robber was pointing a gun in his face, so the friend decided to grab the robber's wrist and take the gun, which led to a shot being fired in the direction of his face. During the struggle in the kitchen, the friend was able to point the gun at the robber and fired one round, which he said he believed struck the robber.

The friend drove the victim to Sharon Regional Medical Center, where an emergency room physician told the victim that there were no broken bones but that he had what looked like bullet fragments in his thumb. The friend took the gun and unloaded it, which was subsequently taken by police as evidence, according to the police report.

The gun was checked through Mercer County 911 and reported as stolen through the Sharon Police Department.

Police reviewed security footage from an apartment building across the street and saw a 2007 Saturn pull into the apartment building's parking lot and three black men walk toward 787 Linden St., according to the affidavit. Later a man is seen stumbling back across the parking lot and enters the driver's seat before heading east on Linden Street.

Footage from UPMC Horizon in Farrell showed a 2007 Saturn pull into the parking lot and stop near the emergency room doors, where a man later identified as Hilton exited the driver's door and stumbled into the ER. Hilton's injuries reportedly included a gunshot wound to the face and several stab wounds in the back.

Graham told Sharon police detectives that the 2007 Saturn was registered to his grandfather for insurance purposes but belonged to Graham, and that his iPhone and a wallet containing his driver's license and about $300 were still in the vehicle when police took possession.

Graham told police he did not have the vehicle during the robbery and that Hilton, whom Graham referred to as his "cousin," was the one in possession of the vehicle at the time, according to the affidavit.

A witness told police that Graham was in possession of the Saturn at the time of the robbery and was one of the three men seen exiting the vehicle and walking toward 787 Linden St.

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