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New Kensington stand-off ends with three suspects arrested

September 8, 2018
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Police can be seen taking up positions around a home on Victoria Avenue in New Kensington on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.

Police from New Kensington and surrounding communities arrested three armed robbery suspects after a standoff on Victoria Avenue, where they say the suspects were hiding.

Just before 5 p.m., the Rite N Low market on Victoria Avenue was robbed by at least two teenagers, each armed with a gun, according to store owner Enrique McMillan.

McMillan said the suspects took money and the clerk’s cellphones and her car keys before fleeing. McMillan, 40, said he and a friend chased at least one of the suspects, and the suspect pulled his gun on both McMillan and his friend before he fled into a home on Victoria Avenue.

“He did put the gun real close to my face,” McMillan said. “He cocked it and put the gun real close to my face.”

Another suspect, McMillan said, already had fled into another Victoria Avenue home but came out of the home briefly and also made threatening remarks.

McMillan said he had been in business less than a week when the robbery happened.

“We just literally opened,” he said. “We haven’t even finished getting our coolers in.”

Police with rifles could be seen taking up positions around 1129 Victoria Ave., where homeowner Larry Gordon was told someone had broken into his home shortly before 5 p.m. and was still inside.

Gordon, who was not home at the time, said his sister was in her house next door and called to say someone had broken in. “I was on my way home from work,” said Gordon. “I just want to go home.”

Police staged along the 1600 block of Victoria Avenue as well as in a parking lot of St. George Orthodox Church at the corner of Locust Street and Victoria Avenue.

About 6:40 p.m., an armored police vehicle with a police entry team inside pulled up near the front door of Gordon’s house.

Three young people were later seen surrendering to police. Police did a floor-by-floor search of the house that Gordon said he has owned since 2003.

Gordon was told at about 7:40 p.m. that he could go inside his house.

Gordon was concerned about his cats.

“I just want to get in and find out what damage was done and see my cats,” he said.

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