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2 teenagers arrested in gas station robbery

| Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005

Two area teenagers accused of robbing a gas station in West Kittanning last weekend have been arrested.

Bradley James Mondi, 19, of 814 Main St., Rural Valley, and Christopher W. Wasnak, 19, of Kittanning RD1, were taken into custody Tuesday.

Police said Mondi and Wasnak were charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

They were committed to the Armstrong County Jail by District Judge Samuel Goldstrohm and are being held on $50,000 bond, according to jail records.

State police said an unidentified male entered the Sunoco along Butler Road and demanded money from a clerk at 5 a.m. Saturday. The suspect fled the store with an undetermined amount of cash, police said.

Police are calling the crime an armed robbery but did not describe the type of weapon. Police also did not identify which of the two men entered the store.

On Monday, Wasnak was charged with simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment after he allegedly assaulted Sarah Booher, 19, of Kittanning, by punching and choking her at a Rayburn Township residence, according to state police.

In the course of investigating Wasnak in the alleged assault, he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia when a hypodermic needle with suspected heroin was found when he was located at a residence in the Troy Hill area yesterday morning, police said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 28 at the office of District Judge James Owen.

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