Police: 17-year-old tries to rob Kennywood employee with unloaded gun
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A 17-year-old boy from Whitaker told police he used an unloaded gun in his unsuccessful attempts to rob a Kennywood employee in the park's parking lot early this morning, according to court documents.
Brandon Atkins-Shocklee was arrested shortly after the 12:15 a.m. confrontation and charged as an adult with robbery and multiple firearms violations.
He was awaiting arraignment this morning.
A Kennywood employee said three men approached him as he walked through the parking lot on his way from a friend's house.
One wore a black face mask and held a silver handgun. That man asked the employee for money and a cell phone.
The employee had only a few quarters, so the man "shoved him and ran off," police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause.
A sergeant from the Duquesne police department spotted three men shortly afterward. Police stopped Brandon and another 17-year-old, who was not identified in court documents.
West Mifflin police could not immediately be reached to comment on the status of that second 17-year-old boy or the third suspect.
An officer wrote in the affidavit that Brandon "initially denied any involvement in the incident" but later confessed, saying he tried to rob the man because he "needed money to pay fines that he had recently received from the magistrate."
First Published July 19, 2012 10:16 am