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August 3, 2013

City man charged with FNB robbery

FARRELL — The man who robbed First National Bank in Farrell Thursday partly hid his face, but not well enough to prevent police from recognizing him.

Southwest Mercer County Regional police Sgt. Andrew J. Thomas said in an affidavit he reviewed surveillance photos from the Farrell bank and could identify Arthur C. “Corky” Pate III “based on numerous previous occasions where I interacted with (Pate) through the years.”

Other policemen and officials familiar with Pate, including agents of Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, also identified him from the photos, police said.

Police went to his home at 1112 Beechwood Ave., Farrell, and detained him. He later confessed to the crime, his written statement “indicating details of the crime not known by anyone other than law enforcement and bank officials,” Thomas said.

Police said Pate initially was arrested on a probation detainer at 11:09 a.m., less than an hour after the robbery, which was reported at 10:17 a.m. He confessed at 5:57 p.m. but was not charged until Friday morning on charges of robbery and theft.

District Judge Brian Arthur, Greenville, arraigned Pate and set bond at $200,000. Pate was taken to Mercer County Jail.

Arthur set a preliminary hearing for 11:45 a.m. Aug. 13 before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell.

Police said they recovered at Pate’s home $540 of the $1,100 stolen from the bank.

Pate handed a teller a note saying this was a robbery and he was demanding 15 $100 bills, police said. The note also told the teller to remain calm and not to push any alarms, police said.

The teller counted out 11 $100 bills and told Pate that was all she had in the drawer, police said.

Pate told the teller “something to the effect of ‘Don’t (expletive) with me and nobody will get hurt,’ ” police said.

After getting the money, Pate ran westward from the bank, which is at 1030 Indiana Ave.

No mention or implication of a gun was made, and Pate kept his hands in his sleeves, police said.

Pate was on parole from his June guilty plea on a charge of simple assault for fighting with Darryl Cleveland April 11 in the 800 block of Roemer Boulevard, Farrell.

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