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Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 10:06 p.m.

A Latrobe convenience store clerk fought with a would-be robber who attempted to open the cash register early Wednesday morning, wrestling him to the ground and detaining him in the parking lot until police arrived, Latrobe police said.

Christopher Daykon, 27, of Jefferson Street, Latrobe, allegedly fought with the clerk, Carl Edward Brant III, 38, of Latrobe, during a robbery attempt at the Sunoco store at 600 James St. about 2:10 a.m., police said.

Brant prevented Daykon from pushing a button to open the cash register, but Daykon allegedly threw Brant into a metal rack inside the store, police said.

Brant wrestled the suspect out of the store and kept him restrained until police arrived, Officer Ronald Keslar said in the affidavit filed against Daykon.

The store's video surveillance system recorded the incident, showing Daykon speaking to Brant, then walking behind the counter and allegedly pushing a button on the cash register, the affidavit stated. Brant pushed Daykon away from the register, police said.

Brant was taken to Excela Latrobe Hospital to treat injuries he suffered to his left side and abrasions to both arms, Keslar stated.

Neither Brant nor a witness to the robbery attempt, David Platt, could be reached for comment.

Daykon was charged with arson, criminal mischief and trespass for allegedly setting fire to a picnic table Wednesday outside the Westmoreland County Community College campus at 17 Lloyd Ave., Latrobe.

The fire, which was reported just after 1 a.m., was extinguished by a college security guard, Latrobe fire Chief John Brasile said.

The picnic table was near the rear of a building off Chambers Street, and garbage was set afire on the table, police said. There was no damage to the brick building, Brasile said.

Daykon was arraigned on those charges as well.

Daykon was arraigned before Unity District Judge Michael Mahady on simple assault and robbery charges and placed in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bond. He faces a preliminary hearing on May 13 before Mahady.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or

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