Suspect arrested in 2 Lebanon robberies

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) – A man arrested after the robbery of a Lebanon gas station has been linked to a second heist at a Subway restaurant in the city two weeks ago, according to police.

Jhon Vasquez, 20, of North Cornwall Township, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after he and another man allegedly held up the Hutter’s Gas and Shop at 1041 Maple Street, police said in a news release.

Two robbers brandished what appeared to be handguns and wore surgical-type masks over their faces when they demanded money from a clerk, police said. One took cash from the register while the other took cigars and cigar wrappers.

No one was injured.

Responding officers found Vasquez a short time later and recovered a BB pistol that looked like a firearm, cash, a surgical-type mask and cigar wrappers, police said.

The other man was not found.

Vasquez was charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy and simple assault for the Hutter’s incident and the robbery of the Subway at 812 Quentin Road on Feb. 8.

He was committed to Lebanon County Prison on $250,000.

Police said both robberies, and a previous robbery at the Subway on Feb. 3, are part of an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lebanon police at 717-272-6611.

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