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Pa. man nabbed after attempted robbery

April 25, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Four people helped Waynesboro police nab an 18-year-old man who police allege had just attempted to rob Waynesboro Food and Fuel on South Potomac Street, Police Chief Ray Shultz said.

Dwaine R. Heinbaugh Jr., 18, of Chambersburg, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock on charges of criminal attempt of robbery and simple assault in the incident that occurred around 8 p.m. Sunday, Shultz said.

A customer inside Waynesboro Food and Fuel saw the suspect approaching the store and pulling a hood onto his head, Shultz said.

"The man thought this looked suspicious, so he decided to stick around," Shultz said.

Police said the customer called police, and three others chased the man after he allegedly showed a knife while at the store's counter.

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"The three other ones caught him running in the area of Park Street and Seventh Street, and they held him until our arrival," Shultz said.

The clerk identified Heinbaugh as the man who had pulled a knife from his pocket, Shultz said.

He said the clerk walked away when the man showed her the knife, and he left the store without taking anything.

The Waynesboro K-9 unit later searched the area where Heinbaugh was apprehended and found a knife under some bushes in front of a home on Anthony Avenue. Police later identified the knife as the one used in the attempted robbery.

Waynesboro Police also charged Heinbaugh in an incident in which a man assaulted a 10-year-old boy and stole his cell phone on Hamilton Avenue.

Police later charged Heinbaugh with robbery and simple assault.

Heinbaugh was free on bail, awaiting trial on robbery and theft charges filed by Chambersburg police. Rock set bail on the new charges at $50,000, and Heinbaugh was being held Monday afternoon in Franklin County Prison.

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