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UPDATE: Masked Man Escapes after Holding up 7-Eleven

Moon Township Police are investigating the holdup reported shortly after 2:30 p.m.

This article was updated at 5:50 p.m.

Staff members and children at Arena's Performing Arts Centre, Kindercare and the West Hills Rehabilitational Center were on lock down earlier today while police searched for an armed robbery suspect along Brodhead Road. 

Employees of 7-Eleven on Brodhead told police just after 2:30 p.m. today that a white, masked male robbed the convenience store at gunpoint. 

Witnesses said the man fled through a wooded area behind the store after committing the holdup.

Moon Police Chief Leo McCarthy said in a statement that the robber has not yet been found. 

Officers from Moon, Coraopolis, Crescent, Robert Morris University and Allegheny County searched the area for much of the afternoon, using a Findlay Police canine to track the suspect's scent through the area. 

The robber is described as being a white male of medium build and height, wearing blue jeans with hammer hoops, and a dark blue sweatshirt with a zipper.

He covered his face with the hood of his shirt and a dark scarf, and brandished a black and silver automatic handgun during the holdup, McCarthy said. 

Tracking a scent, the canine lead officers to a home on the 100 block of McCafferty Lane, where police found an open garage window. Officers forced their way into the garage, but did not find the man. 

Lockdowns of area businesses were lifted after a one-hour search. Police did not say if anyone was hurt in the incident. 

The robbery was captured on 7-Eleven surveillance video and the incident is now under investigation, McCarthy said. 

Those who may have information can call the Moon Township Police Department at 412.262.5000.

Employees at 7-Eleven could not be reached for comment. 

 

Correction: A previous version of this article reported that police entered a garage on McCaffery Drive. Police entered a garage on McClafferty Lane. The article has been revised to reflect this. 

Poetic_Dutchess February 27, 2013 at 12:36 AM
While I was listening to my police radio through all this I swear they said they had the guy in custody.
ron February 27, 2013 at 10:41 PM
i heard on the scanner , officer lucas says that a guy will voluntarily go to the station to talk, i thought they had the guy then......
Jenna Staul (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Thanks for letting me know. I haven't heard anything new, but I'll follow up and update if I learn anything more. Jenna

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