Man charged with armed robbery, assault

January 4, 2013

A Washington man was arraigned Friday for allegedly robbing a North Franklin Township man at gunpoint Wednesday night and then assaulting him.

Christopher Michael McGrail, 19, of 391 W. Chestnut St., is accused of robbing 22-year-old Martin Williamson in Canton Township.

Williamson told state police he was walking along Weirich Avenue in Canton about 10:40 p.m. when a vehicle approached, according to an affidavit filed with District Judge David Mark. McGrail, who Williamson knows, was a front seat passenger in the car driven by a woman. Another man, identified only as Brandon, was seated in the rear seat behind the driver.

McGrail reportedly asked Williamson if he wanted a ride. Williamson got into the back seat.

When the car got to Marra Avenue and Ford Street, the driver stopped, and Williamson said McGrail and the other man got out. He told police he heard the trunk close and the next thing he knew, the other two men opened the rear passenger door. McGrail reportedly pointed revolver at Williamson’s head and demanded that he take his “stuff” out of his jacket pockets. Williamson handed over $180, two $50 gift cards and a cellphone valued at $600.

Williamson told police he grabbed the revolver and twisted it away from McGrail. He told police he could hear a clicking noise like the gun was empty. McGrail then grabbed Williamson and pulled him out of the car. McGrail allegedly hit Williamson in the face several times and then kicked him while he was lying on the pavement. Williamson suffered a bloody nose and injuries to his mouth and face.

McGrail was placed in the Washington County jail Thursday on a probation violation. He was arraigned via video from the jail before Mark on charges of aggravated and simple assault, robbery and theft. Mark set bond at $100,000. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Central Court.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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