Police investigate two robberies in the same night

By Anna Norris

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Police investigate two robberies in the same night

May 28, 2014 Updated May 28, 2014 at 5:26 PM EDT

Elmira, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Elmira Police are searching for two men they believe committed back-to-back robberies in the same night.

At approximately 9:50 p.m. on May 23, police responded to a residence in the 700 block of W. Gray Street for a home invasion robbery.

According to the police report, two suspects entered the home with handguns and fled before police arrived.

The people who were inside the residence during the robbery gave officers descriptions of the two suspects.

The first suspect was described as a stocky black male with a dark complexion, approximately 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

The second suspect was described as a thin Hispanic male, approximately 6 feet tall, having a “poofy” afro and possibly wearing a red and blue shirt.

Witnesses in the home described both men as having their faces covered by clothing and showing small handguns.

During this investigation, Elmira Police was alerted of another robbery which occurred in the same block at about the same time.

The victims of the latter robbery could not report it right away because the suspects stole their phones and the victims had to walk home to call the police.

The descriptions of the suspects in this robbery were similar to the suspects from the home invasion robbery.

Officers stopped a person in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven, located at Gray Street and Hoffman Street, in regards to the robbery investigation.

While police were interviewing this person, two men drove into the parking lot and confronted police and the subject being interviewed.

Juhara E. Shazer and Kyle C. Ross refused to comply with police officers' instructions to stop interfering with the investigation.

Shazer and Ross were arrested and charged with obstructing governmental administration.

The Elmira Police Department asks for witnesses or anyone with information regarding the possible identities of the suspects involved to contact police at (607)737-5626 or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.