Crime

Man arrested in connection with 2014 Omar Bar robbery

A man was charged with two felonies after allegedly robbing Omar Bar in Bellefonte.

Brandon M. Inhoof, 33, of Bellefonte, was also charged with two misdemeanors.

The robbery took place at about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 2014, but Inhoof was not charged until Thursday, according to the Bellefonte Police Department, which responded to the business at 11:38 p.m. Dec. 26, 2014, for a reported robbery and assault.

An Omar employee told police that an unknown white man entered the business while he was in the back room. The employee said he came out to see the man with a “dark colored bandana type material” over the lower portion of his face, according to an affidavit. He told police the man had on a gray Penn State hoodie, was about 5 feet 9 inches and held a bright yellow knife in his right hand. Police recovered the knife, hoodie and a gray knit cap 169 feet from the bottle shop in a borough-owned trash can.

The man said “give me all the (expletive) money,” according to the employee. The robber then held a knife to the employee’s face and neck and threatened to kill him.

The employee told police he hesitated and that the man hit him several times in the face. The employee was knocked to the ground, and the robber dragged him to the cash register by the collar of his shirt. He opened the cash register for the robber, who took $164.80, according to police.

The robber fled the scene in an unknown direction, corroborated by surveillance video footage.

Evidence was given to the state police Bureau of Forensic Services Jan. 5, 2015, processed by its DNA division in Greensburg and analyzed. There were two DNA profiles discovered on the hoodie.

An acquaintance of Inhoof told police she recognized the robber’s stature, walk, fighting stance, clothing and sneakers in press-released video surveillance. She identified the man in the video as Inhoof. She also said the hoodie worn in the robbery was hers.

Police obtained DNA samples from Inhoof and the female acquaintance. The samples matched the DNA profiles on the hoodie. Police determined there was probable cause to arrest Inhoof and charge him in the robbery.

District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker arraigned Inhoof on Thursday. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Inhoof was unable to post $300,000 bail.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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