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Passers-by help police arrest 2 in Charlotte robbery

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    - Mecklenburg County jail
    Ernest Dorsett is among two men arrested in connection with an alleged attempted robbery early Monday in north Charlotte, police said.
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    - Mecklenburg County jail
    Jason Currington is among two men arrested in connection with an alleged attempted robbery early Monday in north Charlotte, police said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say two men driving down North Tryon Street helped in the arrest of two teenage suspects accused in an attempted robbery early Monday in north Charlotte.

Police said they arrested Ernest Dorsett, 16, and Jason Currington, 19, and charged them with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Police said they were called about 3 a.m. to the 5900 block of North Tryon Street, near Orr Road, by a man who said he was walking home from a friend’s residence when two men approached him. One of the suspects pulled a knife in an attempted robbery, and the man said he ran away.

The victim told police that he flagged down a passing car. Two men got out of the vehicle and began chasing the two suspects, investigators said.

Police arrived about that time, and they said the two men gave them a description of the suspects. A short time later, police said, officers spotted the suspects on North Tryon Street near Arrowhead Drive.

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