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Uni-Mart robbed second time

By Staff | Jan 30, 2014

HUGHESVILLE – A holdup occurred last Wednesday morning, January 22, for the second time, at the Uni-Mart on North Main Street in Hughesville.

A knife-wielding man, believed to have a mask over his face, held up a clerk at the convenience store just before 8 a.m. and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police were told.

“We are following up on investigative leads,” Trooper Paul McGee said.

No one was injured and no other details were released.

The holdup in Hughesville comes on the heels of state and city police taking Marcus Walker, 20, of 2344 W. Fourth St., and 17-year-old Casey Nathaniel Wilson, of 158 S. Broad St., Hughesville, into custody at Walker’s home and charging them with allegedly robbing the night manager of the Pizza Hut on East Third Street on Friday night.

The gunmen stole the manager’s cellphone and the cash out of his wallet before they “forced him back into the restaurant and threatened to kill him if he didn’t comply,” the report said.

The two men fled with cash from the business, and Leidhecker suffered only scratches to his knees and elbows. Store video recorded the robbery, and investigators received a tip that led them to believe that Walker may have been involved in the holdup, Havens said.

Walker, who is on probation and has prior drug and shoplifting arrests, was taken into custody and automatically jailed on the probation violation of failing to report to his probation officer, Havens said.

After getting a search warrant, police seized from Walker’s home items they believe were used in the holdup or taken during the robbery, including stolen bank bags, restaurant receipts, clothing worn in the robbery and three replica handguns.

Walker’s wife, Kristina Houseweart, told police that about four hours after the holdup, Walker and Wilson came to the couple’s West Fourth Street apartment and “removed a large amount of cash from their pants pockets, and Walker allowed his wife to count the money,” Havens said.

Shortly after Walker was taken into custody, Wilson showed up at the apartment and also was arrested. He was arraigned before District Judge James C. Carn on charges of robbery, aggravated and simple assault, burglary, felony trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and possession of heroin.

Police said the teen had in his possession 11 bags of heroin. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $350,000 bail.

Walker was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on similar charges, minus the drug offense, and recommitted in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Locations of other nearby robberies police are trying to solve include:

Domino’s Pizza, 1851 Route 405, Muncy Creek Township, where a masked man armed with two knives held up a 26-year-old female clerk and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash about 10 p.m. Monday.

GameStop at Lycoming Crossing near Pennsdale, where a masked man armed with a knife fled about 9 p.m. Jan. 13.