Latrobe man could serve 4 years for crime spree
By Rich Cholodofsky
Published: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
A Latrobe man's one-day crime spree earlier this year resulted Wednesday in a prison sentence that could last four years.
Christopher Daykon, 28, pleaded guilty to setting two fires, breaking a store window and assaulting a gas station clerk during a robbery.
Police believe all four incidents occurred during a two-hour period, shortly after midnight on May 1.
Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway sentenced Daykon to serve two to four years in prison as part of a package deal to dispose of all four cases.
After she imposed the sentence, Hathaway asked Daykon, who had no prior criminal record, to explain his actions of nearly three months ago.
“I was off my medications. It was a bad weekend,” Daykon said.
As a condition of the plea bargain, Hathaway ordered Daykon to undergo a mental health evaluation and to follow any treatment that is recommended.
“Hopefully, when you get out (of prison) you will stay on your medicines and become a law-abiding citizen,” Hathaway said.
Police said Daykon set out on the crime spree when he set fire to a stack of wood piled outside Gutchess Hardwood in Unity.
Less than an hour later, police said, Daykon took a bag of garbage from a nearby Dumpster and set fire to a picnic table outside of a Westmoreland County Community College building on Lloyd Avenue in Latrobe.
A few minutes after 2 a.m., police said, a shirtless Daykon entered a Sunoco gas station in Latrobe, assaulted a clerk there by throwing him into a metal rack and tried to take money from a cash register.
According to court records, the clerk was able to subdue Daykon until police arrived.
Once in police custody, Daykon admitted to trying to rob the gas station, setting the two fires and throwing a rock through a window and a sign of a Latrobe business.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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