State College man accused of robbery, simple assault

A State College man faces robbery and simple assault charges in connection with an attempted hold-up Monday morning.

Gabriel Shull, 17, was arrested at about 3 a.m. near the 100 block of South Burrowes Street, State College police said in a news release.

Two officers were on patrol when they heard a woman screaming from a nearby location, police said. They observed Shull fleeing on foot, and caught up to him when he got into his car.

An apparent semi-automatic handgun, later found to be a BB pistol, was discovered in the car, police said. According to police, Shull had stopped the unidentified woman for directions to a convenience store, then demanded money.

When the victim refused, police said, Shull became insistent and followed her. He then grabbed her and attempted to pull her across Burrowes while holding the pistol.

Screaming, the woman fled until officers caught up to her while spotting Shull at the same time.

Police said Shull was charged as an adult with robbery, unlawful restraint, simple assault, possession of instruments of crime and a minor drug charge. He’s currently being held in the Centre County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.