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Greensburg man arrested in carjacking that ends in Plum

| Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002

PLUM: A carjacking suspect was arrested Monday after police said he crashed the car he stole from an elderly woman in Monroeville into a parked car outside a Plum apartment complex.

At about 7 p.m. Monday, 35-year-old Robert Wagner of Greensburg grabbed a woman by the arm as she unloaded her groceries into her car in the Giant Eagle parking lot along Old William Penn Highway in Monroeville, Monroeville police Lt. David Palermo said.

Wagner took the woman's car keys and then pushed her aside, Palermo said.

He said no weapon was used in the carjacking, and the woman wasn't reported injured.

A witness to the crime tried, but failed, to stop Wagner, Palermo said.

Wagner then fled eastbound on Route 22 in the victim's red Toyota, driving erratically along the busy commercial roadway.

Plum police spotted the carjacker traveling up Sagamore Hill. They followed him for a short distance until he crashed into a parked car outside of an apartment complex along Logans Ferry Road in the Holiday Park section of Plum.

Wagner tried to run, but was caught shortly thereafter by Plum police.

Monroeville and Murrysville police officers assisted in the arrest.

Wagner was taken to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash.

He was treated and released from the hospital Monday night and arraigned on charges of carjacking, robbery and assault at Night Court in downtown Pittsburgh.

Wagner may have stolen meat from the Giant Eagle prior to the carjacking, according to Monroeville police Lt. Larry Lyons.

He also is a suspect in the robberies of a convenience store and a beer distributor after stealing the car, Lyons said.

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