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Teens Held for Trial in Yang's Market Robbery

New details of the attack on Yang's Market owner come to light.

Two teens accused in the robbery and beating of owner Yong Yang will be held for trial following court proceedings Wednesday morning in Devon.

At a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning, Magisterial District Judge Thomas Tartaglio ordered 18-year-old Octavio Sandoval to stand trial on multiple felony and conspiracy charges stemming from a robbery and attack outside Yangs Market in Berwyn. His accused 17-year-old accomplice waived his right to a preliminary trial.

Tartaglio denied a request by Sandoval's public defender to reduce his bail from the current $100,000 cash bail.

The judge did agree to recommend a 10 percent bail (amounting to $7,500) for the 17-year-old defendant, provided he is also put on home confinement. Until now, the juvenile defendant had been held on $75,000 cash bail, meaning he would have to post the entire amount to get out of jail on bail.

The 17-year-old defendant, who is being charged as an adult, waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The case against him will now go to the Court of Common Pleas in West Chester. A hearing date has not been set, but prosecutors expect it to be within "three to six months."

18-Year-Old's Signed Confession Read in Court

The court did hold a preliminary hearing on the charges against Octavio Sandoval, 18. During the hearing Easttown Police Detective Lt. Scott Albee read a confession written by Sandoval at the time of his arrest. In the confession, as read in court by Albee, Sandoval details how he and the 17-year-old scoped out Yangs Market on the day before the attack. In the confession, Sandoval describes how he and his accomplice waited for Yang's employee to leave the market's parking lot before confronting the 74-year-old shop owner. In the confession, Sandoval admits having a knife, attacking Yang, holding him down with his knee and taking his wallet and $540 in cash from Yang's pants pocket.

Sandoval's confession details how he and his accomplice then ran off in separate directions, meeting along the railroad tracks, and changing into clothes they had hidden before the robbery.

The case against Sandoval now moves toward a trial in West Chester, probably in three to six months. Sandoval is being held in Chester County Prison on $100,000 cash bail.

Click on the pdfs to read the affidavit of probable cause, which details the police investigation and events leading to the arrests.

Marc February 02, 2012 at 07:27 PM
My thanks to Bob Byrne of TE Patch for keeping us up-to-date with this tragedy. His daily reporting of the assault/robbery and of all the fund raising efforts in the community have been extremely helpful to those of us who want to follow the developments and help with Mr. Yang's recovery.
Bob Byrne (Editor) February 02, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Marc. I am struck once again (but not surprised) by the incredible outpouring of support for Mr. Yang by the people of this great community. This is a story that has really hit home, struck a chord and touched a nerve with neighbors and small business people alike. Look for more on the fallout from this violent, carefully planned out attack. Friday on TE Patch: the story of how the actions of two teens have affected changed the lives of several people forever...in ways the two accused robbers probably never considered...or even intended.
Mary February 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM
An "eye for an eye". Those delinquents should have it done to them double for the tragic crime they committed!! Get both of their heads and smash them together and NOT a slap on their wrists. As for the boys parents, they need to have a slap upside each of THEIR heads and a swift kick in their butts for not disciplining and teaching respect to their children. It starts at home!!! You did a great job raising criminals. What heinous crimes will these boys committ when they are older?!
Linda G September 24, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I was dissapointed to hear of the judge reducing bail - nothing is being reduced in mr yangs' suffering - we need to stop reducing bail - this was a well planned attack and we need to have a well planned bail - now we have to worry about this guy out - house arrest or not he is O U T

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