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Man pleads no contest to first-degree felony robbery

April 24, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man who pleaded no contest to stabbing and robbing a man last fall will spend at least 6 1/2 years in state prison under a plea agreement reached Friday in Franklin County Court.

Ottoniel M. Velazquez, 40, of 587 Hollywell Ave., pleaded no contest on Friday to first-degree felony robbery, according to court records. In exchange, theft and aggravated assault charges will be dismissed.

Shortly before 7 a.m. Oct. 21, police in Chambersburg were responding to a report of a fight in the 200 block of Mount Moriah Street. As a patrolman was driving to the scene, he was flagged down by Marcos Gonzales, who was bleeding from the face and from stab wounds to his arm and back, police said.

Gonzales said he was coming out of his house with a load of laundry when a man driving a van approached him and asked if he wanted to buy a laptop computer for $300, police said. Gonzales told the man he did not have any money, but the man kept asking, lowering the price to $250 and then $100 before asking if he could borrow $20.

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When Gonzales refused, the man threatened to shoot him and then stabbed him in the arm, records state. Gonzales ran behind a church and the man pursued him, stabbing him in the back and beating him, records allege

Gonzales fought back, punching the man to the ground, police said. The man wrested Gonzales' wallet from him and fled, police said.

Later that morning, police received a call about a stolen laptop computer, with the victim implicating Velazquez, according to the affidavit of probable cause. When police went to Velazquez's house, he had a bruised face and the computer was found in his van, police said.

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