Armed robbery near Grove City College leads to lockdown; 1 suspect arrested, no one injured

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Police have caught at least one man accused in an armed robbery near Grove City College this morning that prompted a campus lockdown and postponed an event at the Mercer County school, a spokeswoman said.

School spokeswoman Jackie Muller said the suspect was taken into custody on campus, about two miles from where the robbery occurred. How and why he wound up there was not clear. Ms. Muller said the incident involved no students or employees of the school.

One suspect remained at large, prompting the school to “activate its emergency operation plan immediately,” she said. It was not clear if that person, too, had been caught.

State police in the Mercer County barracks would not provide information about the case.

Ms. Muller said the college’s safety office was notified shortly before 7 a.m. that an armed robbery had occurred at a business about two miles northwest of campus on Mercer Grove City Road.

She didn’t know the name of the business, but said no injuries were reported.

The lockdown, which the school described as a precautionary measure, was lifted at 9:45 a.m. and classes resumed at 11:30 a.m.

“At no time did we believe there could be any risk to the campus community,” Ms. Muller said.

The school’s 9 a.m. convocation kickoff event was moved to Thursday.

Molly Born: or 412-263-1944.


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