3 arrested in early morning South Portland robbery

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Three men, including a city resident, face drug, assault and robbery charges stemming from an alleged attack on Broadway early Tuesday morning.

Mekonnen Berhe, Raoul Tshiyuka, and John Kanda, all 19, were arrested just after midnight July 3 at Broadway and Huntress Avenue.

Police Lt. Frank Clark said the three are charged with attacking a 28-year-old man and stealing his backpack and cell phone. Clark said the victim knew his attackers and tried to flee before the alleged thefts.

The victim told police the men fled in a SUV. When police stopped the suspected vehicle, Clark said, they found more than $500 of crack cocaine packaged for sale.

Berhe, described as a “greater Portland transient” by Clark, was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, trafficking cocaine and violation of conditions of release. Portland resident Tshiyuka and South Portland resident Kanda were each charged with robbery and aggravated assault.

All were taken to Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

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