By Steve Pope | September 18, 2018
Police say a 32-year-old McKees Rocks man walked into the Family Dollar in the Mckees Rocks Plaza Monday evening and handed a note to a cashier demanding money.
At approximately 10 p.m. McKees Rocks responded to a call for a robbery in progress at the Family Dollar store located at 150 Chartiers Avenue. One uniformed officer and a detective who responded from the police station located behind the store arrived in “less than a minute,” according to a criminal complaint.
Police observed a “black male, wearing a black hoodie, that was pulled up over his face pacing near” a cash register. The male was quickly recognized by police as Martin Clifford Reddix from previous encounters police have had with him.
As police were entering the store one of the officers saw that Reddix had a kitchen knife near his right thigh area and yelled to Detective David Finnerty, who drew his handgun and ordered Reddix to keep his hands on top of his head. Reddix complied and was detained and handcuffed, police said.
A store cashier told police that Reddix approached her register and repeatedly said, “you don’t know me….you don’t know me.” After briefly fumbling around in his pocket Reddix handed her a “yellow piece of lined paper that had written on it ‘Give the money up in the drawer,'” police allege in the complaint.
At this point the cashier became frightened and slowly walked away from the register and summoned the store manager, who told police she could tell, “something was wrong because of the scared look” on the cashier’s face.
Reddix showed the note to the store manager who told him that she would have to help another customer first before she could assist him. While speaking to the customer she was also calling the police.
Police were able to retrieve the note from one of Reddix’s pockets.
Reddix is in the Allegheny County Jail after being denied bail. He is charged with one count of robbery and attempted robbery and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 2.
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