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Clumsy Darth Vader suspect robbed South Side CoGo's at knifepoint

Matthew Santoni
| Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 6:15 a.m.

The suspect in a South Side convenience store robbery wore a Star Wars Darth Vader mask and tripped as he was demanding money at knifepoint early Wednesday, Pittsburgh police said.

Officers were called to the CoGo's on East Carson Street about 12:45 a.m. for an armed robbery. The robber walked into the store wearing the Darth Vader mask, holding a knife and demanding money from the cash register, a news release from Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. As he came around the counter, he tripped over a step and fell into a fan sitting on the floor,

The robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot toward 23rd Street. Police searched a nearby alley Wednesday morning . The suspect was described as a black male standing about 5 feet 5 inches and weighing about 110 pounds. In addition to the mask he wore a black hoodie, khaki pants and black shoes.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724 836 6660, msantoni@tribweb.com or on Twitter @msantoni.

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