One man in custody after O'Hara gas station robbery; another sought
Two men armed with knives grabbed cigarettes and cash from a Sunoco gas station along Freeport Road in O'Hara just before 5 a.m. Wednesday, police said.
Suspect Austin Williams, 20, of various addresses including Blawnox, was caught soon after running along the railroad tracks in Blawnox, said Allegheny County Police Lt. Thomas Ianachione.
Williams was charged Wednesday with robbery, aggravated assault and related charges, Ianachione said.
O'Hara Sgt. Scott Slagle said police were looking for the second man. A description wasn't immediately available. Police were looking at store surveillance video.
Ianachione said two men, both white, walked into the Croskey's Sunoco, at 806 Freeport Road, and forced the clerk to the rear of the store.
One man wore a T-shirt that he used to cover his face. He also had on a black shirt and clothing and green gloves.
The second man, who didn't cover his face, was wearing a black or blue Penn State University hooded sweatshirt and a glove on only his left hand.
Ianachione said the robbers forced the clerk to empty the cash register.
“The clerk was in fear of his life,” he said. They also stole a large amount of cigarettes.
Rob Croskey, who said he has owned the gas station about five years, said the clerk was physically OK and getting over the robbery.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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