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South Street Store Owner Slashed In Child-Left-Behind Robbery Testifies

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(John Benson and Sheakia Stubbs.  Photos from Phila. PD)

(John Benson and Sheakia Stubbs. Photos from Phila. PD)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A South Street jewelry store owner testified today in the case of a couple charged with a violent robbery in which their four-year-old son got left behind at the crime scene.

Store owner Yaniv Cohen says defendants John Benson and Sheakia Stubbs were looking at rings when Stubbs opened the door and held it open as Benson grabbed a tray of rings worth more than $60,000 and fled (see previous stories).

Cohen says he and a co-worker gave chase, and that is when he was attacked by Benson.  He says his neck was slashed and he was nearly killed.

According to Cohen, the little boy was left on the ground crying.  Cohen, bloodied, picked him up and took him to a nearby police station before seeking help for himself.

In an earlier opening statement, Benson’s attorney told the jury that the prosection will not be able to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.  And Stubbs’ attorney said she is guilty of choosing the wrong man, but that doesn’t make her guilty of robbery.

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060

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