State police seek suspect in Hempfield robbery attempt
State police are seeking information about a man they believe planned to hold up a Shop ‘n Save supermarket in Hempfield Saturday morning but fled with no money after he was confronted by a store manager.
Trooper Stephen Limani said the manager approached the suspect, who was wearing a black ski mask, sunglasses and black gloves, after he entered the Route 136 store. The suspect pepper-sprayed the manager before fleeing in the black, late-1990s model Chevrolet Lumina that was parked next to the store.
The manager, who asked that his name not be used, said he has “second-guessed” himself since Saturday, “but I don't regret what I did.”
Limani believes the manager saved other store employees and customers from potential harm.
“I had a feeling that he was up to no good and I just reacted. When I walked up to him, he cursed me a couple times and then sprayed me,” the manager said. “There was another man with him in the passenger seat. ... They were all hunched over as they drove away.
“I do hope that anyone with information on this calls state police,” he said.
The manager did not require medical treatment.
The suspect was about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighed about 165 pounds and wore a black hoodie, a white and gold checkered flannel shirt and tan pants, Limani said.
Anyone with information is asked to telephone police at (724) 832-3288.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Sutersville principal’s comments taken out of context, district claims
- 2 suspects charged with second robbery in Hempfield
- Southmoreland High School junior’s broken jaw ‘could have been avoided’
- Woman charged with assault spree in Jeannette
- Jeannette pleads for more state help
- Former Pagans leader works out plea agreement
- Jeannette purse-snatching suspects to stand trial in 5 incidents
- Treatment ponds for mine drainage planned for Unity
- Donegal Township families fight driller to get clean water
- Police: Penn Township man was ‘lonely,’ so he called 911
- New York fuel cell company to add another plant in Mt. Pleasant Township