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Suspect in Westmoreland County clown mask robbery arrested



WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. - Wednesday January 7, 2015 5 p.m. UPDATE: Police say Matthew Goodwin, of Grapeville, is charged in connection with the robbery.

Police said a man wearing a clown mask robbed a Westmoreland County Subway over the weekend.

Investigators said the robbery happened at the restaurant, on Route 30 in Hempfield Township, Saturday night.

Surveillance video shows the man point a handgun at an employee and a customer before taking off with the entire cash register.

“He had the scariest clown mask I’ve even seen,” the worker said. “I haven’t slept. I haven’t eaten. It just keeps replaying in my mind. I keep hearing his voice over and over.”

Paul White’s 17-year-old daughter was the customer inside at the time.

“The state trooper came over to me and told me my daughter couldn’t come with me right now because there was a gun to her head. I just broke down,” White said.

According to police, the clown mask was found outside behind the restaurant the next day. Officers said the man was also wearing a parka with a fur collar and took off in a white minivan.

“Every time the bell goes off, it keeps replaying in my head. It’s scary. I was afraid I was never going to see my kids again,” the worker said.