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Brookfield police charge two with armed robbery of 14-year-old

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 5:53 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:01 a.m. CST
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Michael Rankin, 22, of Willow Springs, was charged with one count of armed robbery.
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Richard Sasinka, 19, of Brookfield, was charged with one count of armed robbery.

BROOKFIELD – Brookfield police have charged two men with the armed robbery of a 14-year-old boy while he was at a sleep over at friend's house March 24, according to police reports.

According to police, Richard Sasinka, 19, of Brookfield, and Michael Rankin, 22, of Willow Springs, were each charged with one count of armed robbery.

Police allege that Sasinka and Rankin held down the 14-year-old while he was sleeping over at a friend's house in the 3400 block of Park Avenue March 24 and demanded money while threatening him with a kitchen knife and a crowbar.

According to police reports, Rakin held a knife to the b n oy's throat while demanding $30 from him after other occupants of the home had gone to bed. The 14-year-old told police he refused and Rakin left the room while Sasinka kept watch and returned with crowbar. Rakin then threatened the boy by putting the crowbar to his throat and tapping it against his chest. Sasinka was able to get the money rom the boy's pocket, $82 in cash, which the victim told police was birthday money, and the two eventually left the home and police were called.

Both Sasinka and Rankin appeared in court Friday.

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