Police: Samaritans save store owner from robbery

| Friday, June 20, 2014, 12:57 p.m.

Police say two good Samaritans helped thwart the beating and robbery of a Greene County store owner, and kept the suspect from escaping.

That man, Matthew Smith, 35, told police he's a heroin addict who needed money when he robbed Rich Rosendale.

Rosendale, 68, is the owner of Rich's Trading Post in Cumberland Township, who was beaten after being tied up with electrical and duct tape Wednesday.

Two workers at a nearby business, Eric Smith and Tom Christopher, heard the commotion and tried to stop the suspect outside the store, while an officer used a stun gun and pepper spray. The suspect was able to run away, but was tackled in a nearby field by Eric Smith.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Matthew Smith, who remained in the Greene County Jail.

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