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May 12, 2012

Gunman wearing ‘Jason’ mask holds up store

NEW CASTLE — Family Dollar in Neshannock Township was closed yesterday afternoon after it was held up by a man with a gun.

Neshannock police say the same man tried unsuccessfully to rob the Dollar General Store on Wilmington Road with a gun about 10 minutes earlier.

The police were called first around 12:10 p.m. to Dollar General, where employees said a man was wearing a white plastic “Jason” mask, derived from the movie, “Friday the 13th.”

He was trying to hold up the store and pulled a gun. He did not get any money, and he left and ran through a neighboring cemetery.

Police then were called to Family Dollar in the former Call’s Plaza on Wilmington Road where employees reported that a man entered the store, put on a white face mask, pulled a gun and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.

Witnesses saw him leave in a gold or tan-colored sedan that resembled a Ford Taurus.

Police recovered the mask and a cap that the alleged robber was wearing. The cap was a black, embroidered Pittsburgh Pirates cap with a round, red and white sticker on the visor that says “9FFTY” and “Snapback” on it.

Anyone who has any further information about the incident is asked to contact the Neshannock Township police at (724) 656-9300.

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