A Corona man tried his luck at robbing two individuals yesterday afternoon, but it ran out when the victims chased him down and recovered their property, according to authorities.
The 110th Precinct first got a call at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday after Joseph Valdez, 21, of Corona allegedly snatched a phone from a girl who was walking with a friend on Christie Avenue near 99th Street, police said.
The victim and her friend then decided to run after Valdez to retrieve the phone, authorities noted. The perpetrator dropped the phone onto the ground, damaging it, and ran away.
Several minutes later, Valdez allegedly grabbed a phone from a second victim’s hand — this time a young man — when he was chased again by his victim. A struggle ensued when Valdez also tried to steal the victim’s backpack as he was being chased, but he was unsuccessful a second time and dropped the backpack on the ground.
Police Officer Christopher Musa, in responding to the incidents, spotted Valdez during the second robbery and was able to apprehend him.
Valdez was charged with third degree robbery, third degree criminal mischief, acting in manner injurious to a child, criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana.