TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Gas station robbery locks down Ford City High School

Robbery suspect

Police described the robber as a white man in his 20s, about 5 feet 10, skinny, with dark blue eyes.

The man wore blue jeans and a dark, hooded coat. Officials were told he had a “balaclava,” akin to a ski mask, covering his face and wore a beanie on his head.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Ford City Police at 724-763-9024.

Daily Photo Galleries

Armstrong Photo Galleries

By George Guido
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 1:26 a.m.
 

Ford City Police are looking for a robber who held up the FueLand gasoline station/convenience store on Thursday evening, prompting police to lock down the high school gym as the crowd attempted to leave a girls basketball game.

The store clerk, who was not identified, said the robber had an object in his pocket he claimed was a gun.

Sgt. John Atherton, Ford City officer-in-charge, said police were “looking at a couple of leads.”

The robber fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash and a pack of Newport cigarettes about 8:30 p.m. The store is on Fifth Avenue.

That led police to order a lockdown at nearby Ford City High School, where a girls high school basketball game had just ended.

Authorities notified team officials from Ford City and Apollo-Ridge of the lockdown several minutes after the game ended at 8:50 p.m.

The lockdown was lifted about 9:15 p.m.

“When something like this happens, you take safety precautions,” said Ford City Mayor Marc Mantini.

“They did what they had to do to make sure everyone was safe with this guy on the loose.”

Atherton said that state police from the East Franklin barracks, Armstrong County sheriff's department personnel and officers from North Buffalo and Manor townships were involved in the investigation.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media. Leader Times Editor Jeffrey Savitskie contributed to this report.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Armstrong

  1. Crash leaves Burrell Township family without father, friend
  2. Teachers at 2 Armstrong schools go casual for a cause
  3. Kittanning, Kiski police getting trained to help abuse victims
  4. Project Joy lifts Christmas spirits at Armstrong County Health Center
  5. Armstrong County Jail commitments since Dec. 13
  6. South Buffalo church nears end of more than a century of worship
  7. Officials get early start on NuMine bridge replacement planning
  8. Donation another step toward new roof at Cowansville veterans center
  9. Armstrong County adopts $20.7 million budget, maintains tax rate
  10. Armstrong man dies in single-vehicle crash
  11. Family escapes house fire in Kittanning
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.