updated 6/11/2009 11:10:43 AM ET 2009-06-11T15:10:43

Two New York City teenagers have been arrested on charges of robbing and strangling a man as he slept in his car.

Queens prosecutors say 17-year-old Chris Levy and 16-year-old Cory Azor were charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in David Kao's killing.

Prosecutors say the two got into Kao's double-parked car early Saturday as he slept, and punched and strangled him.

Kao worked for The World Journal, a Chinese-language newspaper.

A third person, 17-year-old Keron Wilthshire, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property, the SUV.

Levy and Azor are being held without bail; Wilthshire is being held on a $75,000 bail.

Levy's defense lawyer, Robert Weinstein, declined to comment. Lawyers for Azor and Wiltshire didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.

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