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Police: 19-year-old and 14-year-old robbed store at knife point

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A 19-year-old and 14-year-old are accused of holding a knife to the throats of a store worker and a customer during an armed robbery at a convenience store.

Police responded to the ARCO gas station and AM/PM store on Northeast 164th Avenue in Vancouver at 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

Court documents state Cedric McNeal, 19, assaulted a clerk, held him at knife point and demanded money. At the same time, a 14-year-old boy who was with him forced a customer toward the store's cooler area.

"He came running at me and pushed me against the cooler," said Daniel Fisher. "He put the knife to my neck and was telling me to drop my phone."

Fisher said he drew the suspects' attention when he yelled to stop them from assaulting the clerk.  After he told the suspect who attacked him that he had no money, Fisher said the suspect turned his attention to another customer, which allowed him to run out the back and call 911.

A witness told officers the suspects ran to a nearby house. Police were given consent to search for the suspects in the home and they were both located.

The customer who was held at knife point positively identified both the boy and the man as the suspects, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The store's owner told Fox 12 the knives were long kitchen-type knives.

Court documents state a knife, masks and gloves were found inside the home, along with around a dozen unopened pack of cigarettes.

Both suspects appeared in court on Thursday morning on robbery charges. McNeal's bail was set at $500,000 and he is due back in court on Aug. 14.

According to court records, McNeal has been booked in the Clark County Jail at least 10 times since November of 2012.

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