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Minor Charged as Adult After Alleged Armed Robbery Attempt

by on October 13, 2014 3:17 PM

A 17-year-old has been charged as an adult after allegedly attempting to rob a woman early Monday morning.

Gabriel Shull of State College was arrested by police officers on patrol near South Burrowes Street.

According to a news release from the State College Police Department, the officers heard a woman screaming at about 3:00 a.m. and reportedly saw a male running away.

The officers reportedly chased Shull to his car. Officers saw what appeared to be a handgun in the vehicle. Shull and a passenger were placed in handcuffs.

That's when officers were notified about an armed robbery that had just occurred in the 100 block of South Burrowes Street. Shull had allegedly asked the woman for money before revealing a firearm and grabbing her.

When the victim screamed and resisted, Shull ran away, leading to this arrest. Officers determined the firearm to be a BB gun that resembles a semi-automatic handgun.

Shull has been charged with robbery, unlawful restraint, simple assault, possession of instruments of crime and a minor drug charge. He is being held in the Centre County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, October 15.


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Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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