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Pennsylvania man admits robbery

A Pennsylvania man has admitted robbing an 18-year-old man last March in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood as the victim was walking home from work.

Javarius Bumpers, 25, of Erie, Pa., pleaded guilty as charged to first-degree robbery before Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case.

Bumpers pistol-whipped the victim and stole his cell phone on March 17, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Two witnesses went to the victim’s aid and pursued the assailant, but they turned back when he threatened them, Sedita said.

Police arrested Bumpers, who had the weapon and the victim’s phone.

Bumpers faces a maximum prison term of 25 years when Case sentences him Jan. 2.

Assistant District Attorney James R. Gardner prosecuted the case.