An escaped bank robber suspected of several more heists since escaping from a Kentucky jail in June was arrested today after U.S. marshals, the Allegheny County SWAT team and police from several local departments surrounded a South Fayette motel.
U.S. Marshal Tom Fitzgerald said authorities got a tip this morning that Anthony Ray Artrip, 35, of Kentucky, was staying in the Knights Inn near Interstate 79.
After stationing themselves around the motel for much of the day and firing at least one concussion grenade, the SWAT team pumped a pepper spray-like gas into the ceiling crawl space where Mr. Artrip had holed up. That flushed him out around 3 p.m., and he was taken away in ambulance so he could be decontaminated before he was sent to jail.