Footprints lead to robbery suspect

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Footprints in the freshly fallen snow led Donora police to the home of a woman who had minutes before robbed a convenience store clerk at knife point of $3 just after midnight Monday.

Cathy Lynn Kelly, 51, of 871 McKean Ave., Donora, was taken into custody by borough police at her home.

Monir Shenouda came to the Donora police station to report he was robbed just outside the Uni-Mart, 802 Meldon Ave., after he closed the business for the night. He told police a black woman wearing a black-hooded shirt and black mask came up to him and pulled out a large knife.

The robber, later identified by him as Kelly, asked Shenouda for money. He told her he did not have the store money. Shenouda reached into his pocket and pulled out $3, throwing the $1 bills into the air. Kelly picked up the money and fled up Eighth Street.

Police found fresh shoe prints in the snow and followed those west on Eighth to Cypress Way and Ninth Street. The footprints ended near a set of steps at 871 McKean. The clean steps had snow footprints on them.

Police knocked on the door to the apartment. Kelly was inside with a man who also lived at the apartment. Police found a wet, black hooded shirt, black scarf-type mask and wet shoes that the matched the footprints in the snow.

There also was a large kitchen knife by the kitchen sink.

Shenouda told police he was cut on the left hand during the incident.

Kelly was arraigned before District Judge Mark Wilson on charges of robbery, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. She was placed in Washington County jail on $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 16 before Wilson.

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