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March 23, 2013

Man accused in robbery attempt

NEW CASTLE — A Mahoningtown man is wanted in connection with an attempted robbery on the city’s South Side.

New Castle police have charged Scott Matthew Haley, 31, of 405 W. Cherry St. in connection with the offense after he was picked out of a photo lineup.

The victim told police he had been sitting on his porch on Grimes Street around 7:45 p.m. Sunday and a man named Scott visited him, saying the man owed him money. He responded he didn’t owe him money, but the man reached for his pocket and tore his pants, he told police.

The man also told officers his attacker had grabbed him around the neck and tried to choke him, adding he had trouble breathing while the man searched his pockets. He said he broke free and ran before the man could take anything from him.

He called the police from a local business, he added.

Police said Haley is charged with criminal attempt at robbery, criminal attempt at theft, criminal attempt at receiving stolen property, simple assault and harassment.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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