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2 teen girls robbed in Astoria subway stop: DA

ASTORIA — An 18-year-old Astoria man and a teenager were arrested after they allegedly robbed two teenage girls at a subway station on Astoria’s Steinway Street in August, the Queens district attorney said.

Ronald Gardner, of 26-19 Third St. in Astoria, was arraigned Nov. 13 on robbery and grand larceny charges before Queens Criminal Court Judge Stephanie Zaro, Queens DA Richard Brown said. The defendant was held on $15,000 bail.

Tanaya Burns, 17, was arraigned Aug. 30 on the same charges and will return to court Dec. 2, the DA said.

The defendants approached the two teenage girls Aug. 29 as they were purchasing MetroCards at a subway station near 34th Avenue and Steinway Street. Gardner is accused of grabbing a wallet out of one of the girls’ hands, while Burns is alleged to have taken a cell phone from the other girl, the DA said.

The girls ran after the two defendants and Burns allegedly punched one of them in the face, Brown said.

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