Suspect in Mercer Co. robberies charged
Pennsylvania State Police arrested a suspect after asking for the public's help to identify a suspect in the alleged robbery at a Springfield Township store in Mercer County. According to the release, the robbery happened on July 6 at the Kwik Fill Service Station near the intersection of State Route 258 and State Route 208 around 3:20 a.m. Wednesday.
Pennsylvania State Police arrested 38-year-old Dustin Hilliard of Bulter, Pa. the next day in Sharon, Pa., after allegedly committing a second robbery that was being investigated by the Farrell Police Department and was taken into custody. Hilliard was arraigned and placed in the Mercer County Jail on a $100,000 bond. The suspect is charged with robbery, simple assault, theft, and receiving stolen property.
After the State Police asked the public for help to identify the suspect, it led to multiple people identifying Hilliard as the robbery suspect. According to state police, the suspect went into the Kwik Fill on July 6 with an unknown item wrapped in a dark cloth in his right hand and passed a note to the clerk demanding money.
The suspect fled the scene and got into a car parked at a nearby business before driving away on SR 208 towards Grove City.
According to the report, the suspect was wearing a medical facemask, black Under Armor hat, black t-shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.
Hilliard has a preliminary hearing set for July 21 at 9:45 a.m. in front of Magisterial District Judge Daniel W. Davis in the Mercer County Courthouse.