Photo of homicide suspect’s car released

  • By Kathie Warco July 2, 2013
This surveillance photo shows the car driven by the man who robbed the Citizens Bank inside the Giant Eagle in South Strabane Township, then killed a man who pursued him.

South Strabane Township police and the FBI have released a photograph of the car driven by the man who shot and killed a good Samaritan who was trying to stop him after robbing Citizens Bank inside Giant Eagle last month.

Township police Detective Ken Torboli said police continue to investigate leads and tips called into a hotline set up by the department.

Citizens Bank and Giant Eagle have agreed to fund a reward pool of as much as $50,000, payable to anyone providing information leading to the identification, arrest and successful prosecution of the person responsible for the June 16 crimes.

The robber entered the store and went to the bank about 2:20 p.m. Brandishing a handgun, he jumped over the teller counter and robbed the bank. After hearing a scream, Vince “Vinny” Kelley and his friend, Jared Cameron, saw the robber jump back over the counter, and the two started to give chase with others. Cameron said the robber turned and pointed a gun at them. Kelley continued to go after the robber and got into the back seat of the getaway car, a small to mid-size, white, four-door sedan. As Kelley reached for a knife he carried, he was shot several times by the robber. The robber drove off, and Kelley fell out of the vehicle. The 46-year-old Washington man was pronounced dead a short time later.

Torboli said investigators have not yet determined the make and model of the getaway vehicle. The robber was driving erratically when he fled, cutting off several drivers. The vehicle went south on Route 19 in the direction of Interstate 70. Investigators are asking anyone who might have seen the vehicle on I-70, Interstate 79 or Route 19, to call.

Witnesses reported seeing a dye pack activate inside the car, and the interior filled with red smoke.

The robber is described as being in his 20s or 30s, 5 feet, 9 inches to 6 feet tall, with a thin to medium build. His race is undetermined. He wore black clothing, including a full-face black ski mask and a large floppy, straw hat with a blue brim. He put the money in a small, dark nylon bag with a shoulder strap. He also carried an umbrella that he used to shield his identity.

Anyone with information can call a hotline set up for the case at 724-350-2965.

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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