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McKeesport bank robbed again

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 4:46 a.m.

Huntington National Bank on Fifth Avenue in McKeesport was robbed at knife point on Monday for the second time in less than a week.

This time, police have at least one man in custody, and unconfirmed reports indicate that a second man may have been detained.

McKeesport police and the FBI have not identified any suspect, but said on Monday that charges are likely.

Police Chief Bryan J. Washowich said officers spotted a man running from the bank shortly after 10 a.m. He was apprehended about a quarter of a mile away in the area of Pirl Street and E. Fifth Avenue.

“We believe he had a knife and made away with an undetermined amount of cash,” the chief said.

Authorities gave a similar account of the robbery that occurred last Wednesday at about 2 p.m. by a knife-wielding man, who escaped.

No one was injured in either robbery.

Authorities said the suspect in Monday's robbery took an undisclosed amount of cash from several tellers.

The bank posted a sign on its front door stating it is closed temporarily because of an emergency. A man inside the bank said it would remain closed for the day.

An FBI spokesperson on Monday evening confirmed at least one person was in custody but would not release the man's identity. No additional details were available as of presstime.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or

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