Police arrest suspected armed robber

A man accused of robbing two people at gunpoint Wednesday was taken into custody following a brief chase.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the State College police, officers from both State College and Penn State responded to a call of an armed robbery at about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of South Burrowes Street and West Calder Way.

A group of four people were passing by the intersection when a male came out from behind a dumpster holding a gun, the complaint said. The suspect pointed the gun at two of the people, demanding money.

The other two people in the group quickly left the area and called 911, the complaint said, describing the suspect and saying he was holding a black revolver. The two held by the suspect reported handing over $10, a debit card and their cellphones, the complaint said, before leaving the area.

Upon reaching the intersection, a State College police officer observed a male matching the witnesses’ description standing at South Burrowes and New Alley. When the officer approached the man on foot, he allegedly began running west, followed by the officer and a Penn State patrol car.

The man was seen entering the parking garage for the James B. Elliot Building, the complaint said. Penn State officers observed the man go behind a large electrical box and dropping a revolver.

When approached by officers, the man allegedly refused to lie on the ground, the complaint said. He was tackled and taken into custody.

The man’s driver’s license identified him as Trever Rodriguez, 27, of State College, the complaint said. He was identified by the group at the scene, who also identified their belongings, which were allegedly found on Rodriguez.

Police recovered a black CO2 pellet revolver from behind the electrical box, the complaint said.

Rodriguez was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Carmine Prestia, according to court documents, and charged with six felony robbery counts, including threat of imminent serious injury and taking property from others by force.

He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of simple assault and theft by unlawful taking, court documents said. Bail was set at $300,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 10.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews