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Police nab knife-wielding robber

November 15, 2017 News Extra

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Butler police arrested a knife-wielding robber who made away with a small amount of money from a convenience store late Tuesday night.

The suspect, Christian E. Snyder, 57, of Butler, who lives just a block away from the A-Plus on West Jefferson Street, walked into the store about 11:30 p.m. His face was covered and the hood of his sweatshirt was up over his head, police said.

He brandished a 4-to-5-inch kitchen knife, police said, and told the clerk, “Give me all the money.”

The clerk, a 60-year-old man, opened the cash register and the robber took all or most of what was in till — 5-dollar and 1-dollar bills. He took off running and was last seen headed north on Wagner Avenue.

The store's surveillance camera captured the crime on video, authorities said.

Police soon after the call spotted a man matching the description of the suspect, walking in the area of West Penn Street and McKinley Avenue.

When Patrolman Kevin Novak approached the man, later identified as Snyder, and asked for identification, according to court documents, the suspect threw at the officer an identification card belonging to a woman.

Snyder ran away on McKinley Avenue and headed into a wooded area north of West Pearl Street. Patrolman Nicholas Shulik chased him down, police said, but not before the officer deployed his Taser.

A search of Snyder, documents said, turned up a crack pipe. He also was carrying $88 in currency — believed to be some or all of the loot taken in the robbery.

Police said the department's security cameras captured Snyder going into and leaving the store at the time of the holdup.

The footage also led police to the knife thathe had tried to hide in the area of Broad Street during his attempted getaway.

District Judge Wayne Seibel arraigned Snyder on charges of robbery, theft, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is being held in the Butler County Prison on $50,000 bail.

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