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A 17-year-old hitchhiker accused of robbing a Town of Lancaster couple of $60 and a gold ring late Saturday night has surrendered to the Erie County Sheriff's Department, deputies said Monday.

Deputy S.R. Smith and Senior Investigator Vincent Pupo charged Joseph D. Phillips of Schwartz Road, Elma, with armed robbery and petit larceny in connection with the incident in the Town of Elma.

Deputies accused Phillips of pulling a knife on Albert and Inez Sweet after they picked him up on Broadway in Lancaster.

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