Aaron L. Peterson (left) and Hezekiah Wilson

TRUMANSBURG, N.Y. — Two men accused of stealing cash and clothes at the GrassRoots festival Sunday had two victims, court records show.

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Aaron L. Peterson, 31, of Rochester, and Hezekiah Wilson, 33, of Bath, were charged with felony second-degree robbery in connection with the incident.

Aaron L. Peterson (left) and Hezekiah Wilson

Court records show that they pushed a man to the ground and stole his shorts and an orange Camelbak with $3,000 in cash, a phone, a pistol permit and credit card  inside. The Camelbak belongs to a woman, but it is unclear if she was at the scene.

The incident happened around 5 p.m. at 2150 Trumansburg Road.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office said they interviewed the man pushed to the ground and witnesses who saw the robbery, leading to Wilson and Peterson’s arrest.

Wilson was also charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after police say he possessed 44.9 grams of cocaine in a plastic baggie when he was taken into custody.

Records show that Wilson has been released from jail and Tompkins County Jail officials said Peterson is being held without bail.

Peterson has previously been convicted of felonies for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in Broom County in 2007, records show. 

Wilson has also been convicted of felony third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in Steuben County in 2012, records show. 

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