Hermitage man charged with attempted robbery at Jai Alai

Shawn Cantelupe was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault and other charges

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HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) – Hermitage Police arrested a man in connection with an attempted armed robbery at Jai Alai Bar & Grille on Sunday night.

Police officers were sent to the restaurant at 7:07 p.m.

The victim, 54-year-old Joseph Marsh, Sr., of Vienna, reported he was sitting outside in the patio when he was approached by a man holding a large knife. He said the man threatened to stab him if he didn’t give up his wallet.

Police said Marsh refused and the man with the knife tried to stab him before running away. Hermitage Police, along with a K9 unit from the Pymatuning Township Police Department, searched the area for the suspect but could not find him.

The man was later captured after police were sent to S. Buhl Farm Drive for a similar attempted robbery at 9:30 p.m. Police said the suspect threatened to stab another man, who chased him into a wooded area.

The suspect was identified as Shawn Cantelupe, 36, of Hermitage. Police said he had a large knife and drug paraphernalia at the time of his arrest.

Cantelupe reportedly admitted to the attempted robbery at the Jai Alai, saying he needed money, according to police. He was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, loitering and prowling at night time and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said no photo of Cantelupe was available at the time of his arrest.

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