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One-armed woman accused of robbing East McKeesport bank

| Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 6:39 a.m.

An East McKeesport woman with one arm was arrested on charges of trying to rob a bank at knifepoint Tuesday, authorities said.

Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV reported that Wanda Irvin, 52, walked into the Key Bank on Fifth Avenue in East McKeesport at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, brandished a knife and told a teller to give her cash. When the teller refused, Irvin ran out and drove away.

According to the criminal complaint against Irvin, police tracked her license plate number to her East McKeesport home, where they found her outside with the door open. Suspecting Irvin may have been armed with a knife, officers drew their weapons and ordered her to the ground, where she said "I don't know why I did it," according to the complaint.

"Officers had no ability to physically secure this woman at the time, so she was brought back to (an officer's) patrol vehicle," police wrote in the complaint.

They found a knife in her purse they believed was the one used in the robbery.

When WPXI reporters tried to interview Irvin as she was being led outside the North Versailles Police station, she said "I don't know" why she allegedly did it.

Court records show she was charged with robbery, possessing an instrument of a crime and simple assault. An attorney was not yet listed for her.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6660, or on Twitter @msantoni.

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