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Man charged with trying to rob Kmart after clues are found

May 18, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man charged with assaulting an employee with a stun gun and attempting to rob the Wayne Avenue Kmart Sunday night left several clues, including a fishing license with his name on it, Chambersburg police said.

Aaron M. Boynton, 19, of 235 Linden Ave., was arraigned Monday morning before District Justice David Hawbaker on charges of attempted robbery, burglary, criminal trespass, aggravated and simple assault and unlawful restraint, police said. Boynton was jailed in Franklin County Prison on $100,000 bond, police said.

At 10:47 p.m., borough and Pennsylvania State Police responded to a report of an attempted robbery at the store and found an employee handcuffed to a pole at the rear of the store, said Detective Will Frisby.

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The man told police a man wearing a ski mask and displaying a stun gun and what appeared to be a handgun handcuffed him and tried to use the stun gun on him several times. Frisby said the man was not seriously hurt.

The robber approached a female store employee and threatened her, but she ran out of the store and activated an alarm, police said. The robber was then seen leaving the store and fleeing in a vehicle.

Frisby said the man who was assaulted told police he recognized the robber as a former employee, despite the mask. Frisby said a fishing hat with the license attached was found in the store, along with other articles he described as a "robbery kit."

The car, a Toyota Corolla, also fit the description of a car registered to a relative of Boynton's, according to Frisby.

Boynton was arrested at home at 1:10 a.m. without incident, police said. Some of the items used in the attempted robbery were found in his home, police alleged.

Frisby said what had appeared to be a handgun turned out to be a pellet gun.

He said police believe the robber had hidden in the store before it closed.

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