Men fight off armed suspects after robbery attempt


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An armed robbery attempt in Providence led to an arrest after the victims fought off a trio of suspects.

The incident happened early Friday morning on Ralph Street in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood. According to police, three black males armed with a gun and knife surrounded a man near his apartment and demanded money.

Surveillance cameras captured the struggle that ensued. Carlos Tzalam tells Eyewitness News it was his cousin being attacked and his brother stepped in to help.

“Fortunately, he came in at the right time and tried to help him,” Tzalam said. “But two of those guys came over him and tried to – I don’t know if they tried to kill him – but he got a knife into his arm.”

While two of the suspects ran off, the victims were able to overpower one of them and pin him to the ground until police arrived on scene.

Tzalam said his cousin and brother are doing OK but they don’t feel safe in the area.

“This is not the first, second, third, or fourth, not even fifth time. This happens every single day,” he said. “That’s not fair because we don’t do that to people. We are good people.”

Detective Capt. Timothy O’Hara said while the victims’ actions helped police, their decision to fight back was a dangerous one.

“We would never suggest anybody confront anybody with a weapon,” O’Hara said. “They still were stabbed and put themselves in grave danger.”

Police are now searching for the two suspects who escaped but the third, identified as Cherion Kromah, was arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree robbery and conspiracy.

Kromah, 20, was held without bail and ordered to have no contact with the victims.

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