State College teen accused of robbery waives preliminary hearing

Gabriel Shull, 17, of State College, waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday on felony charges of robbery, as well as misdemeanor counts of unlawful restraint, simple assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possessing instruments of crime.

The charges stem from an incident Monday during which a woman was attacked near the intersection of South Burrowes Street and West Calder Way by a man with a gun.

Police said the woman reported that Shull, who was charged as an adult, approached her repeatedly, asking for money, before grabbing her and trying to take her purse. When she fought back, the woman said, Shull threw her to the ground, dragging her by the hair and brandishing a pistol. Police responded after the woman screamed to attract attention.

When apprehended, Shull had a glass marijuana pipe and a carbon dioxide pistol that resembled a large-caliber handgun, police said.

Police said the gun was stolen from a Wal-Mart store.