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

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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  • Dawn

    They left the child yes they should go to jail for that but far as the robbery i don’t think they did it all of the evidence shows that they didn’t do it for one where is the knife or what ever he surpose to use to slash the man in the face with where is the jewelry at the owner in worker said they took but know one saw
    him or her take it they by the trays they lift so many fingure prints from the store in none was there’s why the owner mess with the evidence in the store like puting the rings away where they surpose to have took them where the owner say he got slash at there was no blood no nothen at that scane as well the owner could had cut his self to make it look good in the jury should had listen to all the evidence before convicting them i say a retrail needed

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  • Donna

    Let’s see, she held the door open so her man could grab and run with stolen jewelry, then they left their child on the street and ran and their lawyer said she only guilty of chosen a bad man??? She left her kid!! They both should be put away for a long time and the kid should be given to someone who will actually love him and take care of him. Look at the smirk on this loser face, like he could care less. Hope they both rot in hell!

    • Dawn

      don’t comment on things you don’t know the news in papers could make they own story tha’ts they job to make you a believer!!!!

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