Two people have been charged after a man was beaten and robbed in Auburn.

According to Capt. Mark Schattinger of The Auburn Police Department, three people were walking in the area of State and Wall streets at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when people got out of a car and assaulted two of them. 

"The victims reside out of town and they encountered a group that stopped and assaulted them and stole property from one of the victims," Schattinger said. 

Police said that an Auburn Correctional Facility officer called police after witnessing the robbery from a guard tower. The APD said that they found a man at 140 State St. who was unconscious and had been robbed of his wallet, and a description of the vehicle involved was broadcast to patrol units.

Officers then stopped a car in the area of Delevan and Arch streets and arrested two of the four occupants after finding proceeds from the robbery in the vehicle.

Junnell Copes, 30, 0f 89 Osborne St., Auburn; and Vann MackNail, 32, of 14 James St., Auburn were charged with second-degree robbery and criminal possession of stolen property.

Two female passengers were not initially charged, but the APD said in a news release that officers had not ruled out additional arrests.

Police said that two people suffered minor injuries during the robbery but did not require hospitalization.

The APD asks that anyone in the area of State Street between the Kwik Fill across frm the prison and the ExpressMart at the corner of Seymour Street between 2 and 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and believe they have information related to this case, to call the detective bureau at 258-9880. Police said that callers may remain anonymous.

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