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North Penn Student Wanted in Bristol Twp. CVS Armed Robbery, Police Say

DeSean Williams, 15, of Croydon, Bucks County, charged in the June 21 armed robbery of CVS on Bristol Pike.  Credits: Bristol Township Police

A North Penn High School student is wanted by Bristol Township Police for his alleged role in an armed robbery with another North Penn student at a drug store June 21, township police said.

Anthony Purnell, 16, of the 200 block of East Mt. Vernon Street, Lansdale, is on the run, police said. His alleged accomplice, DeSean Williams, 15, of the 1100 block of Nancy Drive, Croydon, Bucks County, has been arrested. Both are being charged as adults.

Both face charges of felony robbery, felony conspiracy to commit robbery, misdemeanor simple assault, reckless endangerment and possessing an instrument of crime, police said.

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Williams is in Bucks County prison on 10 percent of $150,000 bail, per court records.

North Penn records list Williams' home address as Croydon. Per the Intelligencer, school officials did not know why Williams attended North Penn High School, as he lives in Bucks County.

The robbery occurred at the CVS on the 900 block of Bristol Pike, police said. Williams and Purnell allegedly entered the store wearing hooded sweatshirts, sunglasses and one blue latex glove each, police said. Each one allegedly pulled a loaded gun on an employee, police said.

Purnell allegedly wore a "North Penn" backpack, police said. 

At 8:27 p.m., a CVS employee called Bucks County 911 to report two suspicious males inside the store, per an affidavit. While on the phone, she reported an armed robbery in progress, police said. Minutes earlier, the CVS manager had alerted the employee of the suspicion that the two were going to rob the store, and told her to call 911.

Two hours before the robbery, Purnell and WIlliams were in the store, police said, with Purnell carrying the "North Penn" backpack. 

Police said the duo allegedly pointed the guns at an employee and demanded money, per the affidavit. Purnell, police allege, was wearing a white and red-hooded sweatshirt, red shorts and carrying the blue "North Penn" backpack. 

It was Purnell, police allege, who ran behind the counter and forced the CVS employee, at gunpoint, to open the cash register. Purnell allegedly took about $300 rom the register, police said. Both robbers then fled the store.

On their way out, Williams allegedly pointed his gun at a customer in the vestibule and told her to move, police said. No one was injured in the robbery.

Video surveillance at CVS captured the robbery. Security surveillance at a private residence would also prove handy in Bristol Township Police's investigation, as Purnell and Williams were allegedly caught on camera walking toward the CVS prior to the robbery, and running from the area of CVS to Williams' home, police said. 

North Penn High School officials identified both Williams and Purnell, police said.

Police eventually found the North Penn backpack, clothing matching the description of the robbers,  a .22-caliber loaded Walther P22 handgun and a pellet gun in Williams' bedroom during a search warrant. Williams' home was around the corner from the CVS store, police said. Police said Williams' father was home during the search, and told police Williams was home. 

Williams and his father, the latter appearing at the request of police, were both read their Miranda warnings at police headquarters, per the affidavit. Both agreed to speak to detectives.

Williams told police that he and Purnell planned the robbery days prior, police said in the affidavit. Williams had stolen his mother's handgun prior to the robbery, and he had given Purnell his father's replica pellet handgun to use in the robbery, police said. 

Police said Williams also admitted to he and Purnell casing CVS before the robbbery to see how many employees were working. The two then went to Williams' house and changed their clothing, police said. 

Williams also admitted to allegedly using the gun to threaten customers, police said. He told police he and Purnell split the stolen money.

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