2 teens charged after attempted robbery on James North

A man was walking around 11:30 p.m. and two people with a knife tried to steal his phone and wallet.
Police say a man was almost robbed on James Street North this weekend. (Google)

Hamilton police have charged two teenagers they say tried to rob a man on James Street North on Sunday night.

The 49-year-old man was walking on James just south of Vine Street at 11:31 p.m., police say.

Two males were walking slower in front of him. As he approached to pass him, they "brandished a knife and demanded his phone and wallet," police say.

The man tried to call 911 on his phone and the culprits grabbed for his phone, and "a short struggle ensued." In the end, the males ran off without getting any of the victim's items.

No one was injured.

Witnesses sitting in a nearby establishment gave descriptions. As a result, police have charged an 18-year-old with robbery, obstructing a peace officer and breach of probation. There's a warrant for his arrest.

A 16-year-old has also been charged with robbery.