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Woman arrested for armed robbery at Donora Uni-Mart

| Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 12:56 a.m.
Cathy Lynn Kelly, 51, of Donora, arrested for committing an alleged armed robbery, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, outside a Donora convenience store.

A Donora woman is in prison in lieu of $100,000 bond after police accused her of robbing a convenience store employee Tuesday morning at knifepoint for $3.

Cathy Lynn “Kit Kat” Kelly, a.k.a. Cathy Harris, 51, of 871 McKean Ave., Apt. 1, committed the alleged robbery at 12:05 a.m. outside the Uni-Mart convenience store on Meldon Avenue.

According to Donora police Officer Neal Rands, Kelly threatened employee Monir Shenouda with a large kitchen knife after he had locked up for the night outside the store.

Kelly was charged with felony counts of robbery and aggravated assault, and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment. Shenouda told police “a black person wearing a dark hoodie and mask” pulled out a large knife and demanded money. Police said Shenouda reached into his pocket, pulled out three $1 bills and threw them into the air.

During this action, Shenouda suffered a cut on his left hand with the knife. Police said they were unclear if Kelly intended to cut Shenouda. Donora police Superintendent Jim Brice said Shenouda sustained a small cut and did not require medical treatment.

Kelly then fled on foot up Eighth Street while Shenouda drove to the Donora police station.

Rands said he and another officer went to the scene, followed a set of fresh shoe prints in the snow up Eighth Street, north in the 800 block of Cypress Way, then west up Ninth Street. The prints ended near a set of steps on the side of Harris' residence, police said.

There, police said they found Kelly, a black scarf-type mask, wet shoes that matched the footprints, and a large knife by the kitchen sink. Shenouda then indentified Kelly as the alleged robber, police said.

Kelly was arraigned at 4:15 a.m. in front of Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson and sent to Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 cash bond.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 16 in front of Wilson.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at rbruni@tribweb.com or 724-684-2635.

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