Alleged armed robbers caught

The young man taken into custody Tuesday night shortly after a holdup at the Panda Chinese Restaurant, 335 Rose St., has admitted to committing the robbery as well as two others in the city in the last six days, according to city police.

And in Hughesville, a 20-year-old admitted heroin addict was arrested late Wednesday afternoon on charges of allegedly robbing a female clerk at the Uni-Mart on North Main Street on Saturday night

With their guns drawn, city police apprehended Kevin David Lund, 24, of the city, who was found hiding under a parked vehicle in an alley in the 500 block of Cemetery Street about 7:40 p.m.

Officers from several departments swarmed into the neighborhood to look for a suspect who walked out of the restaurant carrying a cash register about 7:15 p.m.. The robber dropped the register at Memorial Avenue and Cemetery Street as he eluded a police officer who was chasing him. All the money still was in the register.

Once in custody, Lund admitted to stealing the register as well as robbing a clerk at Hoby’s Hoagies, 1229 W. Fourth St., on Oct 10 and another clerk at the Moon Mart Convenience Store at High Street and Wildwood Boulevard on Sunday afternoon, police said.

Lund automatically was committed to the Lycoming County Prison on a probation violation. He is expected to be arraigned today on charges stemming from the three robberies, police said.

In Hughesville, an anonymous tip helped lead borough police to Bryan Christopher Hall as the primary suspect in the robbery at the convenience store that occurred about 9:30 p.m.

A man wearing a ski mask and armed with a knife walked into the store and approached a clerk, who ran to a back room.

There apparently was good reason the robber wore a mask because store employees were familiar with him and, it turned out, he knew them as well.

As he chased the scared clerk to a back room and then back to the counter, the bandit addressed the clerk by name and told her, “Give me all your money, or I will kill you,” according to an an affidavit filed by Patrolman Rod Smith, the department’s officer-in-charge.

“The clerk threw the cash register drawer at him,” Smith said in an affidavit.

A break in the case came Monday when police received a call telling them to check out Hall who lives on North Main Street in the borough. Not only did the young man fit the description of the robber, but the caller also told investigators that Hall had obtained “a large amount of cash and was out buying drugs with the money,” Smith said.

Smith then spoke with the store’s assistant manager and asked her if she knew Hall. She not only knew him, but Hall had been in the store on Sunday, the day after the holdup, to buy cigarettes, she told the officer.

Upon reviewing the store’s video, Smith realized that the color of the sneakers Hall was wearing when he bought the cigarettes matched the color of the sneakers worn by the robber.

When police questioned him on Wednesday, Hall admitted “he committed the robbery … and that he was hooked on heroin and needed more,” Smith said.

Following his arraignment before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges of robbery, aggravated and simple assault, terroristic threats, theft and receiving stolen property, Hall was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $80,000 bail.