CASTLE SHANNON (KDKA) — Police have a man in custody following an attempted robbery at a convenience store and gas station late Friday night in Castle Shannon.
Investigators say they arrested 26-year-old Christopher Veltre of Castle Shannon overnight. He is facing several charges including robbery, simple assault and narcotics violations.
Castle Shannon police say they were called to the Marathon Mini Mart and Gas Station in the 3600-block of Library Road around 10:45 p.m. for the report of an attempted robbery.
According to police, the suspect came into the store wearing a mask and holding a knife.
“Approached the clerk with a knife, was going to direct him over towards the register, the clerk was able to get ahead of the suspect and run out the door thus thwarting the robbery,” said Chief Ken Truver, of the Castle Shannon Police Department.
Authorities say the suspect fled, running behind the store and into a wooded area near Route 88.
When officers arrived, police say a Brentwood canine officer tracked the suspect south along Route 88.
A short time later, officials report that a Dormont officer took a man matching the description of the suspect into custody in the 4000-block of Willow Avenue.