UPDATE: Victim tricks alleged robbers, helps police make arrest

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Two men accused in a pair of Richmond armed robberies are arrested thanks to an "unusual" move. Police say after the robbers took one of the victim's wallet and cell phone, the suspects contacted the victim, demanded more money and agreed to meet the victim at an ATM.

It's not something you hear often - armed robbers, calling their victims in an effort to get more goods.

Police say that's exactly what 39-year-old Derek Brown and 25-year-old Shajuan Crockett did early Sunday morning. It all started in the 2000 block of East Franklin Street.

"One of our victims was outside his apartment where he was approached by two male suspects -- one armed with a sliver handgun. The suspect said, 'give me everything you got,'" said Lt. Emmett Williams with the Richmond Police Department.

Less than a half hour later, another armed robbery on East Franklin. This time, there were two victims.

"The victim turned over his wallet containing his ID, credit cards and other things - his iPhone," said Williams.

Within a matter of minutes something, "uncommon" unfolded. Police say one of the alleged robbers called the victim and demanded more money.

"The suspect told him, 'I have your information. I know who you are. Give me your pin so I could get cash,'" Williams said.

The victim told the robbers to meet him at an ATM on East Cary Street. When the suspects arrived -- the victim was waiting with police.

"The bad guys were arrested. No one was hurt and a weapon was recovered," he said.

Residents who live on East Franklin call the suspects, "stupid" and "greedy."

"It doesn't surprise me, but it is hilarious to hear. (What makes it hilarious?) It seems like common sense would say just take it and run," said Daniel Morris.

"They probably thought they were being smart -- like look we have this guy's ID, we have one up on him," said resident Hallie Snyder.

Now, the two suspects are charged with armed robbery. Police say they could also face a charge of extortion. The men are being held at the city jail. As for the victims, their stolen items were recovered and returned. Police say they are checking to see if the men are involved in similar crimes in the area.

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