Homeless man accused of Homewood robbery attempt surrenders
A homeless man accused of punching a Homestead convenience store attendant in the face during a robbery attempt last week has turned himself in to police.
Lauren Mendell Brown, 22, contacted Munhall police on Tuesday and said he wished to turn himself in for the alleged robbery of A to Z convenience store in Homestead on Jan. 20.
Brown met with Munhall police, who subsequently delivered him to authorities in neighboring Homestead.
Brown, who has ties to Munhall, told police he decided to turn himself in after a store surveillance video of the alleged robbery aired on television news.
The video shows the robber collaring and punching the store attendant in the face. The clerk refused demands for the money and sprayed the suspect in the face with pepper spray.
No money was taken from the store, according to police.
In an interview following his arrest, Brown told police he was not armed during the incident nor did he ever indicate to the clerk that he was.
Brown said he ran from the store after the incident and escaped into a wooded area near the store, according to police reports.
Brown is charged with robbery, terroristic threats, and two counts each of simple assault and criminal attempt.
He is being held on $100,000 bail in Allegheny County Jail. His preliminary before Magisterial District Judge Thomas R. Torkowsky is set for Feb. 5.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or email@example.com.
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