Police identify suspect in attempted armed robbery

Matt Triponey
Staff Writer

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Police have identified Robert Scott, Punxsutawney, as the suspect in an attempted armed robbery that occurred on Oct. 23 in Punxsy Plaza.
The incident occurred as a white male held a gun on an elderly woman while she was sitting in her car with the door open at the Uni-Mart on West Mahoning Street in Punxsutawney Borough. The woman told the would-be robber, "There are the police." This caused him to drop his gun, kicking it under the victim's car, and then flee the scene.
Police were able to obtain surveillance video of the area and placed the would-be robber in a red vehicle. A photo of the vehicle was shown to Geoffrey Brackman of Kuntz Chevrolet in Punxsutawney, who was able to tell police the exact make, model and year. With this information, officers from the area kept an eye out for the suspect's vehicle while on patrol.
At approximately 9:18 a.m. Oct. 24, Office Bill Clement spotted a vehicle that matched the suspected vehicle involved in the robbery. Clement conducted a traffic stop and identified Scott as the driver. He was asked several questions in reference to his vehicle and his whereabouts on Oct. 23.
Scott told them that he did not use his car on that Friday, but his mother did. Police contacted Scott's mother, who related that she did not use the car on Oct. 23. At that point, Scott was released from the traffic stop.
On Oct. 25, police prepared a photo lineup array, including Scott's photo, and showed it to the victim. She was able to pick Scott out of the lineup. With this information, an officer for the Punxsutawney Borough Police and troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police went to the 700 block of Route 119 North in Punxsutawney to arrest Scott. Officers arrived and found Scott in the process of attempting to paint his red Chevrolet black to change its description.
Scott was arrested and placed in the Jefferson County Jail on $80,000 cash bail by MDJ Douglas Chambers. He is charged with three counts of felony robbery and one count of terroristic threats.