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Man prevents robbery suspect from leaving Wilkes-Barre store

Cops say Charlie Grace halted man from fleeing Quik Food Mart on Main Street.

May 13. 2013 11:35PM

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WILKES-BARRE — A customer stopped a masked man from leaving the store after a robbery at Quick Food Mart on North Main Street on Sunday, according to charges filed.

Christopher Thomas, 25, of West Maple Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Monday by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township on two counts of robbery and one count each of tampering with evidence, theft and criminal mischief.

According to the criminal complaint:

Ghanshyam Majmundar called police just after 11 a.m. saying a robbery suspect was being detained by a customer inside the convenience store.

When police pulled into the parking lot, they spotted a vehicle that was up against the front door, preventing the suspect, identified as Thomas, from leaving.

Customer Charlie Grace told police he saw Thomas, wearing a ski mask and gloves, pacing outside the store. Grace said he told Thomas he could not go into the store wearing a ski mask.

Grace followed Thomas into the store, where Thomas passed a note to Majmundar that stated, “All the money in the register,” the complaint says.

Grace then told Thomas he wasn’t leaving the store.

Thomas struggled with Grace, who was kicked in the groin. Grace got up and held the door closed from the outside until Gonzalez Lazaro parked his car against the front door. Police said in the complaint Thomas tried to flee the store by another exit.

Gray gloves and a homemade ski mask were recovered inside the store, along with the note demanding money from the register, police said.

Police said the robbery was recorded by the store’s surveillance cameras.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 23 before District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.

Thomas was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

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