Masked men, one with hatchet, charged with robbing Apollo CoGos
State police say they nabbed the pair of suspects who robbed a CoGo’s convenience store early Monday, including one who wore a clown mask and waved a hatchet.
Arrested were Matthew David Carlson, 21, of the 300 block of South Fourth Street, Apollo, and Thomas Daniel Hilty, 18, of Blacks Hollow Road, Kiski Township.
Carlson was taken to a hospital over concerns that he may try to harm himself, a trooper said. A warrant has been prepared to arrest Carlson when he is released.
Both are charged with robbery and related charges.
According to a police affidavit, Carlson took a clown mask from a neighbor and got the hatchet from a relative’s room.
Police said the mask is the type worn by fans of the Insane Clown Posse, a Detroit band whose members wear black and white “evil clown” body makeup. The group performs what one Web site describes as “horror core shock rock.”
The affidavit said both suspects wore white socks on their hands.
Police said the masked Carlson went into the store ahead of Hilty and started waving a hatchet above his head as he demanded money from a 31-year-old male clerk at the CoGo’s store at 100 North Plaza just after 5 a.m. Monday.
Police say Hilty was wearing a ski mask and carrying a reinforced steel bar.
The clerk was not injured, according to police.
The robbers left with almost $100.
State police said charges are pending against a woman thought to be associated with the case.
Police said the woman picked them up near the Apollo Trust Bank after the robbery. Carlson allegedly told her they had robbed CoGo’s and he asked her to hide the mask, hatchet and other items.
She later turned the articles over to police.
Hilty was arraigned at about 5 a.m. Tuesday, some 24 hours after the armed robbery, by District Judge Samuel Goldstrohm.
He ordered Hilty held in the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bond pending a preliminary hearing.
The men are charged with robbery, theft, simple assault, terroristic threats and receiving stolen property.
A CoGo’s official said the store has been robbed twice in about the past seven years.
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