NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Newark Police have charged a Maryland man in two robbery attempts.

Stephen Mattucci, 34, of Elkton is charged with attempted robbery and possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony. He is being held on $40,500 secured bail.

Police say about 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, two women were walking on Choate Street when an SUV stopped on the street. Officers say Mattucci got out of the vehicle holding a crowbar and demanded the women’s purses. The women fled without giving up their property and called police.

Police say shortly thereafter, Mattucci got out of his vehicle, approached a man in another vehicle, broke out the driver’s side window and choked the victim while demanding money.

Police say the man fought Mattucci off and called police.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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