Neighbor credited with leading police to suspects in church attack, robbery

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ZELIENOPLE, Pa. - A man faces charges for allegedly attacking a woman at a church and stealing her purse.

Police said a church secretary, 70, was heading into work at the Harmony-Zelienople United Methodist Church when the incident
happened.

According to police, Elliot Mullen was nice to the woman at first.  He asked to use the phone, and she said she didn’t have a key to that area.  When she looked away, Mullen grabbed her purse and threw her to the ground, police said.

Mullen, 34, is charged with strong-armed robbery.

Police said two women waited in a nearby car and helped with the getaway.

Police are crediting an alert neighbor for seeing everything and calling them right away.

“She knew something wasn’t right and wrote down the license plate,” said Chief Jim Miller of Zelienople police.