By Peter MacArthur 11:23am, August 15, 2014 - Updated 12:53pm, August 15, 2014A New Castle man is under arrest after police say he ripped off a cigarette outlet Thursday afternoon.
Police say 22-year-old Matthew Gradwell walked into the Fairwinds Cigarette Outlet on Pulaski Highway in Bear.
He reportedly pulled out a large knife from his shorts and demanded money from a 77-year-old clerk.
The clerk refused and pushed the panic alarm and the suspect fled.
Several witnesses say they saw the robber run into a nearby motel room.
Police found Gradwell, plus the knife and a magazine they say he stole, and charged him with robbery and weapons possession.
He's behind bars on $125,000 bail.
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