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Two Aberdeen men accused in armed robbery, suspected in a second

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Two 18-year-old Aberdeen residents were held without bail Tuesday in connection with one armed robbery in the city Monday night as Aberdeen police try to determine if they are also connected with a second robbery the same night.

Joshua K. Telp, of the 300 block of Custis Street, and Kevin D. Watkins, of the first block of Alton Street, were charged Monday with attacking a man at 7 p.m. in the first block of Swan Street.

The suspects, one of whom allegedly had a knife, are accused of running toward the victim, throwing him to the ground and robbing him of currency and personal property, according to a police press release sent Wednesday.

In the second incident, Northside Liquors Store in the 200 block of North Philadelphia Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint at about 9 p.m.

When an employee confronted a man to tell him the store was closed, the man produced a handgun, according to the press release.

Two more people then entered the store and took cash from the register before fleeing on foot. No one was injured in the incident.

Both Kelp and Watkins were also arrested this summer in connection with a string of BB gun shootings July 6 through 8 that damaged 12 properties in the city, including 24 doors and windows at Aberdeen High School, and injured one person who was camping in a backyard.

The two are now charged with armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and theft of under $1,000. Watkins was also charged with marijuana possession.

Public defender Bruce Andres said during a Wednesday bail review that Telp is in his senior year at the Center for Educational Opportunity in Aberdeen, was last employed at McDonald's and was set to get a diploma.

Watkins is studying for his GED and works at KFC, Andres said.

Harford County District Court Judge Mimi Cooper ordered both to be held at the Harford County Detention Center without bail and not to have contact with the victim in the Swan Street case. A trial is scheduled for Dec. 11.

Anyone with information on either of the cases is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Section of the Aberdeen Police Department at 410-272-2121.

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