A $50,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the prosecution of the suspect in the fatal shooting Sunday of a man outside of the Citizens Bank branch inside a Giant Eagle in South Strabane.
That announcement was made this morning at a press conference held jointly by Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone, South Strabane police, Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI, who asked any witnesses to the crime to contact the South Strabane police at 724-350-2965.
The reward money is being provided by Citizens Bank and Giant Eagle.
Vincent M. Kelley, 46, was killed in the Father's Day shooting when he tried to stop a masked man wearing a straw hat who had just robbed the Citizens Bank. Mr. Kelley had been grocery shopping with a friend when he witnessed the robbery and followed the robber into the parking lot.
South Strabane police Detective Ken Torboli said the suspect came into the Giant Eagle about 2:20 p.m. wearing a mask, a large straw hat with a blue band and a floppy brim and an open umbrella, all to shield his identity.
"He came knowing what he was going to do," Detective Torboli said.
Police described the suspect as in his 20s or 30s, between 5 feet 9 and 6 feet in height and of medium build.
The robber parked about 30 yards away from the store entrance he used, apparently to be close to the parking lot exit.
Additionally authorities are asking drivers who were one Route 19 southbound or Interstates 70 or 79 about the time of the shooting to report suspicious behavior including erratic behavior of a motorist driving a white four-door sedan.
They also ask that anyone who may have seen someone throwing items from that type of car or anyone who noticed a car fitting that description with red smoke inside contact police.
Police said they are certain the car headed south on Route 19 and was seen just north of I-70.
FBI agent Patrick McGlennon said when the dye pack placed in the money bag exploded it would have created a large among of red smoke and could have caused burns or irritation to the suspect or anyone in the car with him.
The authorities said they have received a lot of information from the public but believe there may still be people with information that can be helpful.
"We believe some useful information may still be out there that has not been provided to us," Detective Torboli said.
Mary Niederberger: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1414. First Published June 21, 2013 3:00 PM