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Five JCC students charged in knife-point robbery in Watertown

Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 11:33 AM EDT
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Watertown police charged five Jefferson Community College students with a knife-point robbery on Arsenal Street overnight.

Police said 24-year-old Jonathan Perry of Watertown was on the sidewalk near 1050 Arsenal Street just before midnight, when he was “accosted by four males who knocked him to the ground and stole property from him.”

One of the robbers threatened him with a knife, police said.

According to Perry’s statement to police, the knife was about 4 inches long and the man holding it said, “We’re not playing.”

Perry told police, “I was scared that the male was going to stab me.” He said one of the suspects asked for his phone and his money. “I told him that my phone was a piece of s**t and that I had no money.”

Perry described walking backwards as the men kept approaching him. He told police he fell to the ground and one of the men punched him in the face. Perry said the others went through his pockets.

They got $12 and a cigarette lighter and took off in a car. Perry ran into a nearby restaurant to call 911.

“Here we had a guy who was walking home from work, minding his business, and just randomly and senselessly these people pick him out and do something horrible to him,” said Detective Sergeant Joe Giaquinto, Watertown Police Department.

Police pulled the vehicle over on the 500 block of State Street just a few minutes after the attack and took the suspects into custody.

Police said the five males who were charged reside at 1220 Coffeen Street, which is JCC’s address:

- Jason Bourcier, an 18-year-old male from Manchester, Connecticut

- Ibrahima Camara, a 19-year-old male

- Justin Salazar, an 18-year-old male from Manhattan

- Raheem Smith, an 18-year-old male

- a 17-year-old juvenile male

They were each charged with a felony count of first-degree robbery. Raheem Smith was additionally charged with a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Camara, Salazar, Smith and the 17-year-old committed the robbery, police said. Bourcier drove the getaway car.

Bourcier was ordered held on $50,000 bail; Camara was ordered held without bail; Salazar on $50,000 bail; Smith on $50,000 bail.

The Watertown police Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division investigated. They got help from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police and Guilfoyle Emergency Medical Service.

Police said they’re still investigating, and anyone with information is asked to call 315-782-2233.

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