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Cornelius, Portland men arrested for armed robbery

Washington County Sheriff's deputies serving Cornelius arrested two men for armed robbery on Saturday.

Johnathan Zurita-Veladiz, 20, of Cornelius, is charged with robbery and assault.

Luis Rios, 19, of Portland, is charged with robbery, assault and a parole violation.

The victim was not immediately identified. His mother shared the following statement: "The community worked together with the police to take the suspects into custody.".

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, at 4:12 a.m. on May 7, deputies responded to North 7th Avenue in Cornelius on a report of an armed robbery. Two suspects reportedly demanded money, assaulted the victim and fled the scene.

Responding deputies quickly located and arrested one of the suspects, Zurita-Veladiz. The second suspect eluded the deputies, however.

During the investigation, deputies learned a gun was involved in the robbery and continued their search for the second suspect. At 9:49 a.m., they located Rios inside a residence on North Davis Street. After negotiating with him for about an hour, he surrendered.