Police: Man Walking On Trail Fights Off Robber In Monkey Mask

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GREENSBURG (KDKA) – Police are looking for a man who attempted to rob another man while wearing a monkey mask in Westmoreland County.

According to police, the incident happened along the Five Star Trail in Greensburg around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say the suspect began following the victim, who had missed his bus and decided to walk the trail instead.

“He was walking down the trail, and realized somebody was walking behind him,” said Capt. Robert Stafford, of Greensburg Police. “At that moment, he decided to take a break; he sat down on a bench.”

That is when the victim was approached by a man in a monkey mask who demanded money.

“The next thing you know, that person walked up to him, and he had a Halloween mask on at that time, of a monkey,” said Capt. Stafford.

monkey mask robber Police: Man Walking On Trail Fights Off Robber In Monkey Mask

(Photo Credit: Greensburg Police)

The victim fought back and during the encounter, he noticed the suspect had a gun. However, it turned out to be a pellet gun.

“He was able to grab the gun, and the gun actually broke,” said Capt. Stafford.

Eventually, the suspect fled on foot and did not take anything from the victim.

The suspect is described as being a black male, about 6-feet tall, weighing 170 pounds and having a slender build. He was carrying a black backpack. Police say he left some of his stuff behind.

“Glasses and a wallet, the cell phone was untraceable,” Capt. Stafford said.

The wallet had some items in it, but no forms of identification.

The victim was not seriously injured.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (724)-834-3800.

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